DA: No decision yet on criminal charges in Camp Beckwith Melatonin scandal

Camp Beckwith is located in southern Fairhope, on the coast of Weeks Bay. (Photo: Rodney Rocker, WALA FOX10 News)

Several days after parents first filed reports with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office claiming Camp Beckwith staff gave children 5 mg pills at bedtime without their explicit consent, the camp's executive director has broken her silence about the allegations.

Eleanor Reeves is the Episcopal church camp's executive director.

On Saturday, July 28, she wrote to concerned parents in an email.

The email reads in full:


I grieve for the pain and disappointment and disillusionment that have tarnished "God's Front Yard" over the last few days. I also rejoice in the sweet smiles and new friendships and exuberant innocence which have confirmed my belief that we do something important here.

I offer my unrestricted apologies to all who will remember this Summer as anything less than a glimpse of the Kingdom. I give glory to God for those staff and volunteers who have endured the yellow flies, who have swept floors, who have played kickball til their toes are black and blue, who have eaten tater tots for nine weeks ... and who have loved your kids... our kids.

Attached to my note is a letter from our Bishop.

God's Blessings,

Eleanor Reeves"

Some parents, who claim camp staff gave their children the Melatonin, said they feel as though Reeves' apology was sarcastic and insensitive.

In the email, Reeves also attached a letter from the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, which explained that employees involved in distributing the pills were suspended.

However, some parents told FOX10 News Investigates some of those employees were spotted working at the camp during a session just last week, even after FOX10 News Investigates broke the story.

FOX10 News Investigates reached out to Reeves and Bishop Russell Kendrick for a comment about the email, but they have not responded.

However, in an interview with FOX10 News Investigates last week, Bishop Kendrick said, "This is a very isolated case, and I think my focus right now is to... make sure that we respond appropriately, and that there are consequences that need to happen, as well as we look to the future to make sure that this never happens again."

Meanwhile, the Baldwin County Sheriff's and District Attorney's Offices are expected to make a decision on possible criminal charges later this week.

FOX10 News Investigates will keep you updated if and when that happens.

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