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Daycare owner sentenced for drugging kids so she could tan, work out

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This undated file photo provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff's office shows January Irene Neatherlin. This undated file photo provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff's office shows January Irene Neatherlin.
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A 32-year-old woman who abandoned several children at her illegal daycare center to go to the gym and tanning salon has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.

January Neatherlin, 32, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in February to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and a count of third-degree assault, The Bulletin reports.

Neatherlin was arrested last year after police found seven children younger than 5 left unattended at her illegal daycare center called Little Giggles.

Authorities said she forced the children to take melatonin to induce sleep before heading to the tanning salon or to the gym.

"She repeatedly administered a sleeping agent to room full of infants toddlers and children and drove off in her car to fulfill her narcissist needs. there is no room in our society for monsters like this. January has no respect for human life," one parent said during Friday's court hearing, KTVZ reports.

The other counts of criminal mistreatment are for previous incidents with children.

In court Neatherlin apologized, telling families that she had failed them and let them down.

"Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody takes responsibility for those mistakes," she said. "With that said, I hope the court and the parents accept my apology. I made a very poor call, and it has forever changed my life and even ended it."

Neatherlin has prior felony identity-theft convictions under the names January Livsey and January Brooks.

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