The director of a daycare at an Indiana church was fired and now faces criminal charges after the church’s pastor alleged the woman gave out melatonin gummies to toddlers to help them to sleep better
Tonya Rachelle Voris, the 52-year-old former director of Kidz Life Childcare Ministry at New Life Church in Cumberland, Indiana, near Indianapolis, reportedly first came up with the idea to administer gummies melatonin from a parent. That father had asked Voris to give his son a gum to help him sleep better at nap time, and Voris was allegedly so pleased with the results of the gum that he started giving it to to other children, even though he hadn’t. he received permission from his parents.
In all, Voris and another daycare worker gave 17 different children, ages 1 to 4, a daily dose of melatonin gummies from mid-December to the end of January. When Pastor David Faulk found out about the gummies, he confronted Voris, who allegedly admitted to dispensing them. Faulk immediately fired Voris, though the other day care worker allegedly involved remains on the job.
When investigators seized the bottle of jelly beans, they learned that the jelly beans were recommended for children ages 4 and older. They also learned that jelly beans can cause side effects, such as a skin rash and trouble sleeping. It is only recommended for those who intend to sleep at least six hours.
Parents whose children have been given the gummies have expressed outrage, saying some of their children have shown the side effects listed on the bottle’s warning label. One mother even took her children to the doctor because of their strange behavior.
“Voris’ dispensing of melatonin gummies to children without parental consent was reckless because it was unaware of a potential threat of allergy, dietary issues, and unknown side effects harming the children,” he said. say the affidavit. She “dispensed the melatonin gummies to forcibly induce sleep in several children for her personal benefit by not having to deal with fussy or troublesome children who would not sleep during nap time.”
Voris was arrested and charged with 11 counts of neglect of a dependent and six counts of reckless supervision by a child care provider. She was booked into the Hancock County Jail on Monday and released on bond that same day. It is unclear when he is expected to appear in court.
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