3 day care teachers accused of giving toddlers melatonin-laced gummy bears 


Three teachers at a suburban Chicago day care center are accused of giving gummy bears containing melatonin to a class of 2-year-olds without authorization from their parents, WGN reported.

>> Read more trending news

The three employees of the Kiddie Junction Daycare Center in Des Plaines -- Ashley Helfenbein, 25, of Chicago; Jessica Heyse, 19, of Des Plaines; and Kristen Lauletta, 32, of Niles -- are charged with battery and child endangerment, police said.

Police said the three women admitted handing out the melatonin-laced gummies to calm the children down before their nap time, WGN reported.

They told police they did not think it was an inappropriate action because they were handing out an over-the-counter sleeping aid, WGN reported.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Winning numbers drawn for record-setting $1.6B Mega Millions jackpot
Winning numbers drawn for record-setting $1.6B Mega Millions jackpot

Tuesday night’s winning Mega Millions numbers were just drawn, and the lucky numbers are 28, 70, 5, 62 and 65 with the MegaBall being 5. The Mega Millions jackpot has continued to increase, breaking records along the way. If someone wins the $1.6 billion jackpot, it will be the highest jackpot paid out in history, surpassing the $1.586 billion...
Scaled-down version of Julio Jones’ Mall of Georgia project approved
Scaled-down version of Julio Jones’ Mall of Georgia project approved

Gwinnett County officials approved Tuesday a significantly scaled back version of the Mall Of Georgia-area development backed by Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones. The original vision for the project known as “Ariston” called for more than 500 apartments, a 25-story hotel and more to be built on about 16 acres near Woodward Crossing...
Sheriff beefs up Georgia-Florida game security after 6 shot near stadium
Sheriff beefs up Georgia-Florida game security after 6 shot near stadium

Just days after six people were shot within a mile of Jacksonville’s football stadium, the sheriff said he’s boosting manpower for Saturday’s Georgia-Florida game. “More than 600 police will be assigned on game day to secure not only the venue, but the larger footprint of downtown and into the surrounding neighborhoods including...
Honoring a hero: Hundreds attend visitation for slain Gwinnett officer
Honoring a hero: Hundreds attend visitation for slain Gwinnett officer

A single, white snapdragon fell from a large flower arrangement as she stood inside a Gwinnett County funeral home Tuesday afternoon. Marion Johnson just knew it was a sign, and she picked it up. “I will hold onto this forever,” Johnson said. It was her favorite flower, and it was proof that the young-faced officer she’d seen so many...
Federal judge mulling action over Georgia absentee ballots
Federal judge mulling action over Georgia absentee ballots

An overly stringent review of absentee ballots in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia has the potential to disenfranchise thousands of people, attorneys for multiple voting and civil rights groups argued in federal court Tuesday. A judge will decide soon if she agrees. U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May heard arguments Tuesday afternoon...
More Stories