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Police: Janesville woman twice legal limit with six children in car

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ROCK TOWNSHIP (WKOW) -- A woman was cited for her first offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated when there were six children in her car Monday evening.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Cassy Schyvinck-Samret of Janesville caused a minor accident with no injuries on W. State Highway 11 at the intersection of S. U.S. Highway 51 in Rock Township.

Captain Jude Maurer tells 27 News a breathalyzer test showed Schyvinck-Samret's blood alcohol level was .16, twice Wisconsin's legal driving limit.

Field sobriety tests were performed and Schyvinck-Samret was placed under arrested for suspicion of OWI.  Officials say there were six children in the vehicle at the time, ranging from 3 to 8 years old.  Two of the children were Schyvinck-Samret's children, the other four were in her care.  Parents of the four were notified and picked up their kids.

Several of Schyvinck-Samret's neighbors tell 27 News she runs a day-care from her Janesville home. Schywinck-Samret has yet to respond to a request for comment from 27 News.

Schyvinck-Samret formerly worked as a day care staff member at Janesville's Cradles to Crayons Center. Center operator Mary Weir says she's stunned by Schyvinck-Samret's arrest.

"She was a very protective parent, she adored her children. She was very good with the children who were in my care," Weir tells 27 News.

Neighbor Arloa Rich says she's clashed with Schyvinck-Samret over property issues, but says she appears to be conscientious with her children and the children in her care.

"She seems very good with kids, is always outside with them," Rich tells 27 News.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says he wants to know if Schyvinck-Samret requires a state license to care for the children at her home. State law requires a license if a home day care setting involves the care of four or more, unrelated children seven or younger.

Spoden says Schyvinck-Samret may also face a misdemeanor crime, because of her child passengers.

"There's no acceptable reason whatsoever for someone to be transporting children...in that kind of intoxicated state," Spoden says.

Schyvinck-Samret was issued citations for her first offense of operating while intoxicated with passengers under 16, first offense of prohibited alcohol concentration with passengers under 16, and operating without proof of insurance.

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