The seven children found unattended in the home of a day care operator who had left to get a tan were quite young, according to information released Friday by Bend Police.
Officers who entered Little Giggles Daycare on Wednesday in northeast Bend found a 6-month-old child, a 10-month child, a 21-month-old child, three children 21⁄2 years old and one child who was 4.
The day care owner, January Neatherlin, 31, has been charged with seven counts each of felony first-degree criminal mistreatment, misdemeanor second-degree child neglect and misdemeanor reckless endangering of another person. Neatherlin’s case will be presented to a grand jury Tuesday.
Neatherlin, who was investigated twice since 2014 by the Oregon Office of Child Care for accusations she was breaking state rules on the number of children she could legally watch, has several felony identity theft convictions dating back to 2007.
She is also a mother of two but does not have custody of the children. During a court hearing Thursday, she said she had an 11-year-old son who lives with his father and a 5-year-old daughter who was taken by a child protective services agency, but she did not say where that was.
Neatherlin remains in custody at the Deschutes County jail.