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Preschool teacher arrested after trying to drug toddlers with sleeping pills

By Mason White 2:50 PM March 15, 2013
Deborah Gratz 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A school teacher who was supposed to watch over little children tried to drug them with sleeping pills, according to California police officers.

The California preschool teacher, accused of trying to drug young children, was arrested this week on charges of child abuse.

According to the Morgan Hill police, Kiddie Academy employee Deborah Gratz on Friday allegedly used over-the-counter sleeping pills to drug several children.

Police obtained a search warrant after the alleged incident in which a witness came forward. Sergeant Troy Hoefling said that the witness saw Gratz deposit an unknown substance in the cups of the students in her class, aged between 1 and 2-years-old. Gratz, 59, was arrested after local authorities found evidence on Monday at her home.

The school fired the employee over the alleged incident. During the discussion with school administrators, Gratz has admitted to her actions.

The Kiddie Academy spokesperson confirmed in a statement that administrators took control of the situation before the children were exposed to contaminated drinking cups. While the preschool insists that Friday’s incident was the only case, the police will investigate further to see whether such a case has happened before.

Gratz, who worked at Kiddie Academy for five years, faces one count of felony child neglect. She is currently awaiting trial in the prison of Santa Clara County.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view