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Day care worker fined in drugging case

Associated Press • Mar 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Tammy Eppley, of suburban Columbus, entered an Alford plea Monday on a misdemeanor count of child endangering.

That means the 38-year-old Westerville woman doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors probably could prove the charge.

Defense attorney Clay Lopez said Eppley maintains her innocence but feared she could face a longer sentence if the case went to trial and she was convicted.

Police have said they obtained text messages in which Eppley acknowledged giving children the allergy drug Benadryl and the hormone and sleep aid melatonin.

Five more counts were dismissed under the plea deal in Franklin County Municipal Court.

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