Girl Scout leaders accused of giving 'sleeping pills' to troops during sleepover

Parents were outraged at some of the Girl Scout leaders for giving their daughters melatonin during a sleepover in a church at the beginning of May. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Parents are outraged at some Girl Scout leaders for giving their daughters melatonin during a sleepover in a church at the beginning of May.

One girl reportedly got sick and had to be rushed to urgent care.

“I still feel they need to be responsible, I don’t want to see this happening to any child,” said a mother of one of the Girl Scouts who attended the sleepover, Mandy Allinder. “She was so excited, it was her first sleepover so she was so excited, her best friend was in Scouts.”

Allinder said her six-year-old daughter was excited to be a Girl Scout until it turned into a nightmare. On May 4, the North Lewisburg Methodist Church held the Girl Scouts’ sleepover, where the girls were offered melatonin gummies.

Allinder said it was her daughter’s friend who got sick the day after the sleepover.

“Her daughter had to go to urgent care and she found out that the leaders have given out melontin to go to sleep,” said Allinder.

Allinder also said that her daughter did not take the melatonin gummys, but she was offered them.

“She couldn’t exactly see it she didn’t know what it was so she just said no,” said Allinder. “I was very proud of her.”

Other parents joined Allinder in filing a police report against the Girl Scout leaders.

“We cannot condone any adult giving medication to children without specifically parent and doctor approval whether it be over the counter or prescription,” said Captain Scott Bodey with the Mechanicsburg Police Department.

The Champaign County Prosecutor did not find enough evidence to prosecute the two leaders and dropped the charges.

We went out to talk with the volunteer who reportedly gave the girls the melatonin gummies, but nobody was home.

The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio said to us that safety is the number one priority for the girls. They gave us the following statement:

“Girl Scouts takes the health and safety of girls and the concerns and trust of parents very seriously. Our number one priority is to establish a safe environment for girls, and we have strict, documented policies around girl safety, including distribution of medication. The decision to administer melatonin to girls without parent consent was unsafe and violates the policies set forth by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. We are aware of the incident that took place at the volunteer-led event on May 4 and are working with the volunteers involved to investigate and resolve the issue.”

Allinder said she wants this to be a caution for other parents.

“Just be careful, you trust these people but you never know, we never thought it would happen to us,” said Allinder.

Police and parents said one of the leaders was let go from her post, but the Girl Scouts said they do not comment on staffers even when they’re volunteers.

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