Daycare Worker Pleads Not Guilty To Lacing Snacks With Drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 12, 2013)—Tammy Eppley, an Ohio daycare worker, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from allegations that she sprinkled drugs on snacks to get the children she was watching to sleep during the day.

Eppley of Westerville, Ohio, in suburban Columbus is charged with six counts of child endangering.

An attorney for Eppley filed the plea in Franklin County Municipal Court Thursday, a day before Eppley had been scheduled for her first court appearance.

Eppley was charged last month after police say they obtained text messages in which she acknowledged giving children the allergy drug Benadryl and Melatonin, a hormone and sleep aid.

Eppley, 37, denies the allegations, saying she made "tongue-in-cheek" jokes about giving the drugs in text messages to a friend.

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