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MONTROSE, Colo. — A day care worker in Colorado is accused of giving sleeping pills to as many as 35 toddlers without their parents’ permission, telling them it was candy.

KDVR reported that the Montrose Police Department said Thursday they’re investigating a day care employee for giving Melatonin to several children.

“We love our children and our families, and given the current circumstances, we feel it pertinent to stand together as we await the outcome of the ongoing investigation at this time,” said Patricia Ray, the director of the Hug a Bear day care center.

No children were hurt from the tablets.

Police said they do not think it’s the first time this has happened. Authorities are still investigating.

Melatonin is described as a low-risk natural sleep aid for adults and is available over the counter.

The employee has been charged with non-injury child abuse.