(SAN BENITO COUNTY TODAY) — The Hollister woman who tried to slip a sleep-aid drug into children’s drinks at the Morgan Hill daycare facility where she worked pleaded no contest to attempted child endangerment at South County Courthouse on Thursday.
Deborah Gratz, 59, faces up to three months in Santa Clara County Jail for each of the five misdemeanor counts to which she pleaded no contest. Superior Court Judge Kenneth Shapero notified Gratz that pleading no contest is the same as pleading guilty.
As part of the settlement agreement with prosecutors, the court dismissed five counts of assault with which she was charged initially.
Gratz’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 5 at South County Courthouse. She is out of custody.
About two months ago, a fellow teacher at Kiddie Academy Daycare, 15750 Monterey Road, reported seeing Gratz slip an unknown substance into the sippy cups of about 10 toddlers between the ages of 1 and 2, police said. The children were under Gratz’s care at the time, and Gratz had worked at Kiddie Academy since 2007.