Babysitter: 'I definitely didn't drug her kids'

Babysitter: 'I definitely didn't drug her kids'

SWEET HOME, Ore. - Katie started watching Colton and Evi a few months ago.

Early on, she says she asked their mom about her expectations.

"I called her one day and asked her if I could give her son melatonin, and she said it was OK," the 17-year-old said.

Colton and Evi's mother denies doing so. In fact, on Tuesday she told NewsSource 16 she complained to police after discovering the children took melatonin at their babysitter.

Katie told NewsSource 16 she rarely gave the kids the supplement and never exceeded a dosage of three milligrams.

On Tuesday, Colton and Evi's mom spoke to NewsSource 16 about finding her children lethargic - and discovering they'd been given melatonin.

On Wednesday, Katie explained her thinking behind using the strawberry flavored chewables on the day in question.

"He was screaming and whining and fussing and just throwing a fit the whole time since he got here," she said. "He hasn't settled down, so I figured he needed a nap, and he wouldn't take a nap."

The Sweet Home resident said the incident is being blown out of proportion. She wants people to know she never meant harm.

"I like never let anything bad happen to him, always kept a close eye on both of them," she said. "I didn't have any bad intentions. I definitely didn't drug her kids like she's telling everybody."

So is melatonin OK for kids?

Pediatrician Dr. Pilar Bradshaw said she has recommended melatonin to patients - but suggests parents check with their doctors before using it.

"We aren't sure the purity and content has been really reviewed, nor do we have a lot of dosing information based on scientific studies of kids," Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said that while melatonin may help children fall asleep, it is not a sedative that keeps them asleep.