One family said their daughter suffered a brain injury consistent with shaken baby syndrome while in Neatherlin's care at Little Giggles daycare in Bend, Oregon, as other parents said their children struggled to sleep after their time with Neatherlin, according to KVTZ.
Her scheme began to unravel last March when police were contacted by a former roommate and an ex-boyfriend. They observed her exiting the house on two occasions, leaving alone seven kids, ages 6 months to 4 years, reports the Bend Bulletin.
Before she was sentenced, Neatherlin addressed the court and apologized to the parents, grandparents and children in attendance, the Bulletinreported.
Furthermore, according to the prosecutors, before taking children into her care, the woman would inform their parents that they are not allowed to come and pick up the children between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
She was sentenced to years 21 years and four months after pleading guilty to 11 counts of first degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third degree assault.
Neatherlin also allegedly lied to parents about being a registered nurse, according to Oregon Live.
She has prior felony identity-theft convictions under the names January Livsey and January Brooks.
Judge Wells Ashby said it is good that Neatherlin has taken responsibility for her actions but that she had a "very long way to go", reported KTVZ.
An Oregon woman, who runs an illegal daycare center, was convicted on Friday of drugging children at her facility in order to go work out and get a spray tan.
"I loved all my day care kids as my own, and I believe they loved me and enjoyed hanging out with me during the week", she said.
In court on Friday, many parents told the judge reasons why Neatherlin deserved a full sentence of 35 years as requested by the prosecution.
"I don't say that to be mean to you - simply a gap there".
"I don't know what's wrong with the defendant; I don't know what could bring a person to do what she's done to the most helpless and innocent people in our society", Les Adams, a grandfather of one of the kids, said at the sentencing hearing. "I let you all down".