When you leave your little ones at school you hope they are in the best care. But some parents in Morgan Hill, California want to know why their kids were given sleeping pills at school.
On Wednesday, Debbie Gratz, was charged with two counts of child endangerment, after being accused of putting the sleeping pill, Sominex, in her student's sippy cups. All 10 students are under the age of 2.
ABC News reports the 59-year old teacher was arrested after the Morgan Hill Kiddie Academy notified police.
Morgan Hill Sgt. of Investigations Troy Hoefling told ABC News, "We do not know the quantity, but we believe she was breaking the pill into smaller pieces and putting it into the children's sippy cups."
In a prepared statement, Morgan Hill Kiddie Academy says, "Ms. Gratz was witnessed adding a substance to the water cups for her classroom of 10 children. The cups were confiscated before they came in contact with any children prior to the academy opening for business that day."
Gratz was fired. However, police were not notified until Monday so the don't have the sippy cups in question.
Sominex is over-the-counter sleep aid medicine. Sominex is an antihistamine, and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
Side effects include, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, stomach upset, blurred vision, or dry mouth. Serious side effects are mood changes, difficulty urinating, irregular heartbeat and seizures.