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)

The Baldwin County District Attorney said he's still not sure whether or not he will be able to file criminal charges in the case alleging 12 children were given Melatonin pills at Camp Beckwith without their parents' explicit consent.

Tuesday, July 31, Wilters said there's a lot of evidence that still needs to be collected before he can decide whether or not a crime has been committed. If a crime was committed, he said the case could go to a grand jury, but he said it could be several days before he can make that decision.

"The investigation is still going on, interviews are still being conducted," explained Wilters. "Some things are morally wrong and some things are criminally wrong, two different things. If it's not criminally wrong, then there can be no charges. Morally wrong? Yeah they probably shouldn't have done it, but it's not a crime."

Wilters also said when investigators are making a decision on whether or not to press charges in the case, they're going to have to determine which specific state laws apply. Wilters said he has one statute in mind, but he's not sure yet if that will apply.

That statute made it is a crime for a child care facility to administer medications to alter a child's behavior beyond what is medically prescribed, or with reckless disregard for health or safety of the child.

"Again, until we can get all the evidence, we can't really narrow down and focus on one particular statue, because we may be looking at the wrong thing," explained Wilters.

Wilters said it could take until Monday before he will be able to decide whether or not to send the case to a grand jury.

"This is an important case, anytime you trust your children to someone else, you want them to be taken care of, and taken care of properly," said Wilters. "The administration at Beckwith is happy that this came out, not that it happened, but that it has come out, so they can correct those mistakes."

FOX10 News Investigates will stay on top of this story, and let you know what investigators decide.

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