GRAYSON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas daycare owner is accused of doping kids’ milk in order to make them sleepy.
According to police, on several occasions Kimberly Lane, owner of the Luv-n-Learning Daycare in Van Alstyne, mixed over the counter antihistamines in a jug of milk and gave it to children in her care to make them fall asleep.
Van Alstyne Police Department Lieutenant Tim Barnes said daycare workers made their complaint to police on Tuesday.
“There was also a referral made to Child Protective Services (CPS) over the weekend,” he said. “We were able to obtain a search warrant and an arrest warrant from a district judge and we served that Wednesday morning, at the location, before the milk products were served.”
The children possibly drugged range in age from 20 months to four-years-old.
Barnes said while what Lane did may not have been malicious it was reckless. “I don’t believe her intent was to harm the children,” he said. “But giving kids medication and then their parents not knowing about it and then when they get home if something was to occur where they were having to give them other medication that may have a reaction… it could have been a bad situation.”
Lane faces 16 felony counts of endangerment to a child and is being held in the Grayson County Jail on $160,000 bond.
Luv-n-Learning Daycare was licensed through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Daycare Division, which allowed the facility to care for toddler and pre-kindergarten age children.
Kimberly Lane faces a maximum of two years in jail and fines up to $10,000 for each count.
Van Alstyne is about 50 miles north of Dallas in Grayson County.