CINCINNATI (FOX19/Enquirer) - A Cincinnati Recreation Department employee has resigned after a CRC investigation found the employee had allegedly given young children in a daycare over-the-counter melatonin.
CRC Director Daniel Betts confirmed reports of the investigation Tuesday night.
Betts says the employee was caught giving the melatonin to kids ages 4-8 at the McKie Recreation Center in Northside.
Melatonin is a drug marketed to aid in falling asleep.
When confronted with the allegations, the employee immediately resigned, Betts says.
The director explains the CRC forbids giving kids over-the-counter medication. He reportedly told our media partners at the Enquirer the employee would have been fired had she not resigned.
“We do not have that right,” says Director Daniel Betts. “We do not have the right to give kids over the counter medication because we want kids to go to sleep.”
If a parent had given them permission to give their child melatonin before the incident, that would be okay, according to Betts.
“It’s not the fact that it’s melatonin,” explains Betts. “It’s the fact that it’s an over-the-counter medication. Whatever it is, we don’t take liberty and give it to kids without parental consent.
All parents of the children involved have been notified.
The CRC says its investigation is ongoing, so it cannot release the name of the employee.
Betts says he hopes this an isolated incident. If it isn’t though, he says those responsible will be held accountable.
Cincinnati runs 23 recreation centers throughout the city, which according to the Enquirer report have garnered national attention for their work with children.
The centers can be an oasis for city children who attend their after-school programs, get meals and find mentors, the Enquirer says.
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