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Complaint: Moorhead Daycare Provider Drunk on the Job

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Court documents filed with Clay County indicate a Moorhead daycare provider has been charged with several counts of neglect or endangerment of a child.

Jayne Ann Cote was charged with four counts of child neglect or endangerment after a parent filed a complaint and officers assisted Clay County Social Services with a welfare check at the home daycare. 

On October 2, around 10:45 in the morning, officers were dispatched to the home daycare and noticed she appeared to be impaired. Cote admitted she had taken a Hydrocodone pill left over from a recent surgery, and officers also performed a sobriety test on her. The preliminary breath test indicated Cote had a blood alcohol concentration of .18, which is twice the legal limit for driving.

When Cote stood up, officers say she was very unsteady on her feet and did not have her pants on correctly. They also observed a large amount of cereal all over the floor.

Moorhead Police officers spoke with the parent of a one-year-old child who attends the home daycare. He told police he has been on "high alert" for the past three weeks after a similar incident. In the earlier incident, the parent was picking up a child and had to catch Cote after she lost her balance placing the child on a changing table.

On the morning of October 2, the same parent walked into the entryway and a child told him daycare provider Jayne Cote had fallen down. The parent went upstairs and found Cote, who told the parent she had a migraine. They proceeded to call Cote's husband, but she gave the wrong phone number twice. In the meantime, the parent observed Cote slurring her speech, falling down, and trying to entertain the children in a way that the parent found "uncomfortable."

A second parent, who has a two-year-old attending the daycare, noticed cereal everywhere although none of the children had eaten breakfast yet. He observed Cote's slurred speech along with her balance issues and though she was having a medical incident.

Officers also spoke with parents of other children who were at the home, along with Jayne Cote's husband. He said Cote has a drinking problem but usually only drinks in the evening hours.

The four counts of child endangerment and neglect are each gross misdemeanors under Minnesota law and have a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

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