Day Care Closed Down After Allegedly Drugging Infants

| by Alexander Rubinstein

A Durant, Oklahoma day care center is being investigated after officials claim the owner and her staff gave drugs to infants to make them sleep.

Jeff Wilson, an investigator of the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, told KTEN that former employees of Sue’s Day Care admitted to giving the children Benadryl to help them sleep, prompting the investigation.

“We’ve been investigating Sue’s Day Care, in Durant, Oklahoma, for alleged child abuse charges of giving children Benadryl to assist them to go to sleep at nap time,” Wilson said.

Wilson said a former employee contacted the Department of Human Services and now more are coming forward, adding, “They’ve come and confessed to what was going on in the day care and all stated that they were ordered to give this by the owner,” Wilson said.

Beverly Sue Stair, the owner of the day care, could now face charges of child abuse, as Wilson has recommended the district attorney file the charges. She has been in business for more than 20 years, according to a KFOR video report.

Seven victims have been identified.

“My heart sunk,” Leslee Meade said. Meade’s 6-month-old son was one of the alleged victims. “What was she doing messing with everybody’s lives,” Meade went on. “Had something happened, it would have changed everybody’s lives forever.”

Meade said her child could barely keep his eyes open after leaving the day care. “Then after he’d eat, he’d go to sleep, say 6 o’clock, and wouldn’t wake up until 6 the next morning,” Meade said. She later got a call from DHS alerting her to the investigation, reported Fox 8.

Health experts say Benadryl can cause a child to stop breathing in some cases, and should not be administered to infants unless on a doctor’s orders, reported KFOR.

None of the children are believed to have been harmed.

The day care was closed when DHS opened an investigation alongside the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.

The day care cannot open back up until the investigation is finished. Wilson says he expects to turn the case over the district attorney shortly, reported Fox 6 Now.

The owner of the day care has declined to comment on the allegations against her.

Sources: KFOR, Fox 8, Fox 6 Now / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons