A former Indiana daycare director got her sentence for administering melatonin to kids without parental consent.
Tonya Rachelle Voris got 730 days in jail, but only 180 will be behind bars. The other 550 will be on probation. The judge also docked two extra days already served after her initial arrest. Her sentencing took place in Indiana on Feb. 2, per
In early January, Voris pleaded guilty to 17 charges related to misusing the gummies. According to Prosecutor Eaton, 11 charges were for neglect of a dependent, and the other six were for reckless supervision by a childcare provider.
Police started investigating Voris in January 2023 when she ran the Kidz Life Childcare Ministry at New Life Church. They had received a report of child neglect. It turns out that the former director was reportedly telling her employees to hand out melatonin to help the children sleep. Note that the 54-year-old did not inform or receive parents of her lil’ tactic.
As part of her sentence, Voris has to pay $189 in court costs and other filing fees before her probation ends. She’s also prohibited contact with the victims.
How The Indiana Daycare Director Was Busted
In their investigation, authorities discovered that Voris had gotten permission from one parent to give one child melatonin at nap time. The child had “pediatric-strength gummies.”
Instead, the former daycare director had her employees “dispense melatonin gummies to several children.” Over time, 17 kids ingested the gummies without their parent’s knowledge at different times.
According to Prosecutor Brent Eaton, Voris and her husband got defensive when confronted about their kids’ behaviors. Parents, at the time, reported their children acting “out-of-character.” Some symptoms shared with investigators included increased sleepiness, headaches, and bedwetting.
“…potentially jeopardized the health of young children but also breached the trust parents had in Voris and the childcare facility she operated.”
Read the prosecutor’s statement below.