Oregon day care provider admits leaving kids to go tanning

A babysitter in Bend who is accused of abandoning children to go tanning has accepted a plea agreement.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 2:11 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon day care provider who abandoned children to visit a tanning salon has accepted a plea agreement.

The Bulletin newspaper reports that January Neatherlin of Bend pleaded guilty Wednesday to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and a single count of third-degree assault. She will be sentenced in March.

Prosecutors are recommending a 35-year prison sentence.

The 32-year-old was arrested nearly a year ago after police found seven children younger than 5 left unattended at her illegal day care center. Authorities said she forced the children to take medicine to induce sleep before heading to the tanning salon.

The other counts of criminal mistreatment are for previous incidents with children.

Neatherlin has prior felony identity-theft convictions under the names January Livsey and January Brooks.

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