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Published January 23, 2014, 12:08 PM

Moorhead day care provider sentenced to probation

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead woman has been sentenced to 2 years' probation after pleading guilty to child endangerment in taking care of children at her home day care while drunk last October.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead woman has been sentenced to 2 years' probation after pleading guilty to child endangerment in taking care of children at her home day care while drunk last October.

Jayne Ann Cote, 54, testified in Clay County District Court Thursday that she had been drinking between 1 and 2 a.m. Oct. 2, the morning a parent reported to police Cote seemed drunk when he'd dropped off his child. Cote told the court she'd also taken hydrocodone at about 7 that morning.

A mother of one of the children, Casey Brand, wept as she told the court Cote had been a trusted family friend who had claimed to her she had not fallen off the wagon three weeks prior to the incident. Court documents say that day parents reported Cote's speech was slurred and her pants were undone, and she lost her balance while placing an infant on the table.

Cote's attorney said her client has undergone alcohol treatment, and does not plan to seek work in child care again.

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