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No Felony Charges In Daycare Drugging Case

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – The Oktibbeha County district attorney’s office won’t pursue felony charges against a Starkville daycare worker who admitted to giving two children a powerful muscle relaxer that sent them to the emergency room.

Assistant district attorney Lindsay Clemons tells The Commercial Dispatch ( ) that 52-year-old Diana Covin won’t be prosecuted for a felony because evidence from medical records fails to prove serious bodily injury.

Clemons says such injury was required under the Mississippi law at time.

Covin was arrested by Starkville police June 6, 2012, less than a month after two children – both under a year old – were hospitalized the same day.

Police say both children had been under Covin’s supervision at First Baptist Church in Starkville.

Authorities say she admitted giving the children Tizanidine, a prescription drug.