DURANT, Okla. — A day care in Southeastern Oklahoma was shut down after former employees admitted to giving infants Benadryl to make them sleep.
The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating Sue’s Day Care on child abuse charges after several employees contacted the Department of Human Services, telling them what was going on, according to KFOR, a local TV station.
“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,” Jeff Wilson, a Bryan County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said in an interview.
More former employees are expected to come forward in near future.
Wilson is recommending the local District Attorney’s office files charges against the day care’s owner, Beverly Sue Stair.
Benadryl is not intended to be given to infants unless by doctor’s orders, as the drug can cause children to stop breathing. Seven children, including one as young as 6-months-old, were found to have been given Benadryl by Stair and her staff. Luckily none sustained any serious injuries.
The facility was closed last Friday pending an independent investigation by the Department of Human Services.