Woman who abandoned seven young kids to go tanning pleads guilty

An Oregon woman who abandoned seven young children at her illegal day care center to visit a tanning salon is facing 35 years in prison after pleading guilty.

Authorities say January Neatherlin forced the children to take medicine to induce sleep before she left them unattended at the Bend facility in March of last year.

The children included a 6-month-old baby and a 10-month-old infant, according to the Bulletin newspaper. One of the kids who had been sleeping on a "toy couch" had vomited on himself, according to the newspaper.

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Neatherlin pleaded guilty Wednesday to 11 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault. She had originally faced 122 charges, according to the Bulletin, some of which were connected to previous interactions with children.

"She is choosing to be there and face the people," lawyer Angela Lee-Mandlin told the newspaper. "She is taking responsibility."

She will be sentenced in March. Prosecutors in Deschutes County are recommending a 35-year prison sentence.

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

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