Day care teachers accused of giving toddlers melatonin-laced gummies

Ashley Helfenbein. Jessica Heyse and Kristen Lauletta

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Three day care teachers in Illinois are accused of distributing gummy bears containing melatonin to a class of 2-year-olds without authorization from their parents.

Ashley Helfenbein, 25, Jessica Heyse, 19, and Kristen Lauletta, 32, are charged with battery and child endangerment, according to WGN.

Police say they admitted handing out the melatonin-laced gummies to the children to calm them down before nap time at the Kiddie Junction Daycare Center in Des Plaines.

They said they did not think it was inappropriate because it was an over the counter sleep aid.