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Day care owner charged with leaving infants to go tanning

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BEND, OR (AP) - Prosecutors say a day care provider in Oregon faces more than 100 criminal counts after being accused of leaving children as young as six months old alone multiple times to go to a tanning salon and gym.

A grand jury indicted 31-year-old January Neatherlin of Bend of criminal mistreatment and reckless endangerment.

Authorities said she was arrested last week after police found seven children alone in her home.

State records show the business, Little Giggles Daycare, was investigated twice since 2014 by state child welfare advocates.

In one case, she was found to be caring for more children than allowed without a license. She was told to drop her number to three or less children.

The second case involved the same issue.

Her attorney did not immediately return a call on Wednesday.


BEND, OR (AP) - Police say a 31-year-old Bend woman has been accused of leaving seven children at her home day care while she went tanning.

January Neatherlin was booked into jail Wednesday on child neglect, reckless endangerment, theft and criminal mistreatment charges.

Bend Police Lt. Jason Maniscalco says Neatherlin Police received a tip that led them to set up surveillance outside the home and say officers watched as parents dropped off children.

Hours later police say they saw Neatherlin drive away and say she was found at a tanning salon.

Out of fear for the children's safety, police say officers entered the home and found seven unattended children ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years inside.

Detectives called the parents, who took their children to a hospital for evaluation as a precaution.