Preschool teacher allegedly drugged students with Sominex
California preschool teacher allegedly used an over-the-counter sleeping aid on toddlers.
A 59-year-old preschool teacher who works at Kiddie Academy in Morgan Hill, Calif. was arrested and fired after admitting to drugging her toddler students with Sominex, an over-the-counter sleeping aid reports NYDailyNews.com.
A witness claimed to see Deborah Gratz placing a questionable substance into the drinking cups of several students, one and two-year-olds, on Friday morning, reported local Fox affiliate KTVU.
She was arrested on felony charges of child endangerment after police found evidence during a search of her Hollister, Calif., home.
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The news did not sit well with Bianca Flores, whose son was in Gratz's care until two weeks ago.
"Sickening, sick to my stomach, I want to throw up," she told KTVU. "I'm not angry, I'm just sad, disturbing, I don't know what to think."
Flores' son suffers from seizures and she wonders if they are related to the sleeping aid.
Sominex is intended for "occasional sleeplessness" for people over the age of 12 — not to get toddlers to sleep during nap times.
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Maybe Gratz would’ve been better off reading “Go the F**k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach.
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