I was reading an earlier thread about CMA's and whether or not they should be allowed to administer meds. Then I saw this article tonight. Shouldn't there be some sort of medication training for daycare providers???? This story is unbelievable! Before I started nursing school, I had more sense than to give my own child medications that weren't medically necessary!!! I think this woman should get the MAXIMUM sentence...she took the life of someone else's child...that's murder!!!
(Court TV)-A former day-care owner received a five-year prison sentence for causing the death of a toddler in 2003 with a fatal dose of allergy medication.
Sabine Bieber was taken into custody Friday following her sentencing for negligent homicide in the death of 1-year-old Dane Heggem, who died while asleep in a crib at a Tiny Tots day care in Laurel, Mont., on Jan. 31, 2003.
A Montana jury convicted the 36-year-old mother of three in August for Dane's death, along with charges of child endangerment for giving the drug to two other children.
She was acquitted of a third count of child endangerment and one count of evidence tampering.
Judge Gregory Todd sentenced Bieber to 40 years on the three counts, 35 of which were suspended.
Todd had the discretion to impose the maximum sentence but not require Bieber to actually serve the time, taking into consideration factors such as good behavior and how much of a threat to society she poses.
A hearing on Nov. 1 will determine whether Bieber can remain free while she pursues an appeal. Since the trial, Todd has rejected defense motions seeking a new trial and asking for the dismissal of the convictions.
At trial, Yellowstone County prosecutors argued that Bieber kept a tight schedule at Tiny Tots and was secretly feeding Dane and other children in her care liquid diphenhydramine, an antihistamine found in Benadryl, to get them to sleep during the 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. nap time.
Prosecutors presented a strong circumstantial case built on drug-tainted dirty diapers and bulk purchases of allergy medicine, all of which implicated Bieber's guilt.
Although Bieber admitted that she sometimes gave the children over-the-counter medications for cold symptoms, she denied she was the source of the medicine that prosecutors said caused Dane's death.
Taking the stand in her defense, Bieber also claimed she had casual oral agreements with parents, allowing her to administer over-the-counter medications to their children when cold symptoms arose.
She also testified that drinking the liquid medication was a family practice, not a professional one.
"I thought it was safe," she said, admitting that she used to take Diphedryl four or more times a week for a stuffy nose. "I used it on myself. So, if it was okay for me, I thought it would be okay for my kids."