Day Care Owner Allegedly Drugged Pancakes to Make Kids Sleep

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Getting children to take a nap can be hard. Getting them to eat pancakes is not nearly as difficult.


Booking photo: Tammy Eppley

Police in Westerville, Ohio, say a 37-year-old mother operating a day care out of her home hit upon a plan — she allegedly crushed medications that cause drowsiness and put them in the pancakes.

Tammy Eppley has been charged with six counts of child endangerment. Her first court date is July 12.

Eppley, who runs the Caterpillar Clubhouse, cared for six children — including one of her own — between the ages of 2 and 5, police said.

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