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Published October 18, 2013, 09:38 PM

Moorhead woman charged with drinking while taking care of children

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Tonight, a Moorhead woman is charged with drinking while taking care of children at her home daycare.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Tonight, a Moorhead woman is charged with drinking while taking care of children at her home daycare.

Now, she faces four years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

She talked to neighbors who say - it isn't like her .

Many people in the neighborhood agree.

They say Jayne Cote doesn't usually do this sort of thing.

And those who have seen her with the children claim she's great with the kids.

Tracey Wirries/Neighbor: "it was a shock to me."

And that goes for the whole block.

When we went door to door, everyone knew what we were talking about.

No one wanted to talk.

Except this stay at home mom.

Wirries: "But even I wouldn't do that with my kids."

Tracy Wirries has lived along this street for 13 years.

In that time, she has little complaint of her 54-year-old neighbor.

Wirries: "I'd seen cop cars the other day, and I'm sorry neighbor, but I blamed it on them and not Jayne because I wouldn't have thought of it."

No one along the 26th Street Circle suspected Jayne Cote of such a thing.

That is, until a parent alerted police the daycare provider had been intoxicated while taking care of the children.

When officers, along with social services followed up with the accusations they found the woman didn't have her pants on correct and was unsteady.

Cote later admitted she took a hydrocodone pill which was left over from a recent surgery.

When police performed a breathalyzer, she blew a point 1-8.

Lori Conroy/Assistant Clay County Attorney: "Child endangerment does not include type elements. It could be any number of things. Each case is determined by cases to case basis here."

In this case, Cote is facing 4 Gross Misdemeanor charges of neglect or child endangerment.

Each charge is punishable up to a year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Wirries: "It's bad enough if it's yours but if it's somebody else’s, it's your job. And you don't drink on the job."

Cotes husband wasn't at home during this incident, but told officers he's aware of his wifes drinking problem.

And he says she usually only drinks at night.

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