BRYAN COUNTY, OK – A day care owner in Durant is being investigated for child abuse.
“They’re all I got and I’m all they got,” Durant mother Leslee Meade said – whose children went to Sue’s Day Care.
Leslee Meade, says she trusted Sue’s Day Care in Durant, which has been around for over 20 years.
She says everything was going fine…
“Until the last month, month and a half, I noticed that he was coming home extremely tired,” Meade said.
She says she was having to wake her 8 month old up between bites.
“Then after he’d eat, he’d go to sleep, say 6 o’clock, and wouldn’t wake up until 6 the next morning,” Meade said.
She was considering bringing her baby to the Emergency Room.
“I received a call from D-H-S saying they were investigating the day care for possibly giving the babies Benadryl to put them to sleep,” Meade said.
“An employee who was there and had left stated she had witnessed this,” Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Wilson said. “She referred this to the Child Welfare department.”
“Their findings were a bottle of Benadryl in the nursery in an unmarked bottle,” Meade said.
Investigators say the day care is owned by Beverly Sue Stair.
Bryan County Sheriff’s detective Jeff Wilson, says two weeks ago, Child Protective Services requested she close the business, while they looked into the allegations. Since the closure was voluntary, two days later, she reopened. Then Friday, CPS requested she close again.
“Right now we have 7 victims,” Wilson said.
Our phone calls to the day care were not returned, and no one answered the door.
In the past two years, at least two babies – one in Virginia and one in Connecticut, died from Benadryl in their system.
“It’s a very dangerous and possibly deadly situation, Benadryl is not designed for the small children,” Wilson said.
Wilson says employees have been forthcoming.
“All stated that they were ordered to give this by the owner,” Wilson said.
Wilson says the case will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office, and says Stair could face felony child abuse charges.
“She could’ve potentially changed somebody’s life forever,” Meade said.