Creepy Oregon dad’s bizarre excuse for drugging 12-year-old girls’ smoothies at sleepover

The Oregon father who drugged his 12-year-old daughter’s friends at a pajama party has been sentenced to two years in prison – and claims he only slipped tranquilizers into the girls’ drinks because he wanted them to sleep well.

Michael Meyden was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to mixing drugs into fruit smoothies that he then served to the young girls staying at his Lake Oswego home in August 2023.

Meyden, 57, apologized in court for his behavior, claiming he just wanted them to go to bed after they stayed up past 11pm against his will. Oregonian reported.

“I was too focused on them going to bed, yes, that’s true,” he said, adding that he wanted them to sleep so they would be well rested the next day.

“My whole life is destroyed. Everything that was important to me until then is gone.”

Meyden’s wife divorced him shortly after the allegations and retained custody of their two children.

In May, he attempted suicide. The family’s former home where the incident occurred has been sold.

“I hear you expressing shame and remorse, and I think those are authentic,” Judge Ann Lininger told Meyden on Monday.

“I think you have caused a lot of suffering and you rightly note that your own family is suffering a lot.”

Meyden laced the girls’ mango smoothies with the prescription nervous system depressant benzodiazepine and insisted they drink them that August night – and was only caught when one of the girls could not sleep but knew something had been done to her.

“Mommy, please pick me up and say there is a family emergency. I don’t feel safe. I may not respond, but please pick me up, please. Please pick me up. Please. PLEASE!,” the girl wrote to her mother in a desperate text message at about 1:45 a.m. that night.

Throughout the night, Meyden repeatedly went into the basement where the girls were sleeping and checked to see if they were asleep. At one point he put his finger under a girl’s nose to check her breathing, and another time he moved his finger back and forth in the spot where she was sleeping.

Thanks to the text message, all the girls were rescued by their parents at around 3 a.m. that night and taken to the hospital, where a drug test came back positive.

“You played Russian roulette with my child’s life,” said the mother of one girl at the verdict. “She is barely 5 feet tall and weighs 66 pounds on a good day, and you gave her an overdose.”

Some of the girls even testified; one of them told Meyden that he had made her life “a living hell” since that night.

“We were taught that adults are people we can trust, people we can go to when we need help or when we are afraid,” the girl said.

“But adults are no longer people I can simply trust. They are people who scare me and make me think – what if they hurt me in the same way as Mr. Meyden?”

Meyden pleaded guilty to three counts of causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.

This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission

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