Preschool Teacher Accused Of Doping Toddlers’ Drinks Charged

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (March 14, 2013)—Debbie Gratz, 59, a teacher at a Northern California preschool who’s accused of putting sleeping pills into toddlers' sippy cups, was released from custody after she was charged with child endangerment.

Gratz is scheduled to appear in court again later this month.

She was arrested Friday after a colleague at the Morgan Hill Kiddie Academy saw her put an unknown substance into the children's cups.

School officials notified police on Monday.

Police said Gratz acknowledged putting the over-the-counter sleeping aid Sominex into the drinks, although none of the children actually drank from the cups the day the incident was reported.


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