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UPDATE: Daycare Owner's License to be Revoked following Suspected OWI Crash

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UPDATE: Wed 4:19 PM, May 21, 2014

The Department of Children and Families says they'll begin the process to revoke the child care license of a woman accused of crashing her truck into a traffic light last week in Rothschild.

Police say the driver in that crash was Wendy LaNou. LaNou is the owner of Peek-A-Boo Daycare in Mosinee.

Police say three child she was caring for were in the vehicle. No one was injured. Police also say she was under the influence of a muscle relaxer at the time of the crash.

DCF tells NewsChannel they are responsible for enforcing the regulations governing the safety and well-being of children in licensed child care.

The crash happened May 15. The DCF said LaNou license was suspended May 16.

The Department said in a statement they regret any inconvenience caused to the parents of the children LaNou cared for.

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UPDATE: Friday 10:40 PM, May 16, 2014

Police say a daycare provider who crashed her vehicle while 3 kids were in the car was driving under the influence of a prescription muscle relaxer; however, two mother's say otherwise.

Jody Renn and Natasha Kelly's kids have been under the care of Wendi LaNou at Peek-A-Boo Daycare in Mosinee for several years now. Kelly's kids were in the car when LaNou crashed on Thursday (5/15). She says LaNou was taking the kids to school - as she does everyday - but the kids say LaNou wasn't herself.

Renn says, "The kids said she was taking funny. There was something wrong with her speech, which is not like her at all." Renn believes LaNou had something medically wrong - thinking she may have had a stroke.

Both Renn and Kelly say they trust LaNou with their children's safety and they can't imagine anyone else watching their kids.

The moms tell NewsChannel 7 Peek-A-Boo Daycare is a 24/7 daycare facility and it closed Friday (5/16) pending an investigation.

NewsChannel 7 has a call out to the Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families to see where the investigation goes from here.

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UPDATE: Fri 12:08 PM, May 16, 2014

A Capt. with the Rothschild Police Department said the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a traffic light Thursday morning is licensed daycare provider.

Investigators say Wendi LaNou will be cited with operating under the influence of a prescription medication, and two citations for not having a child properly restrained. Police say three children were in the truck at the time of the crash. Police said a seven-year-old and five-year-old should have been in booster seats. A 10-year-old was in the front seat.

Police believe LaNou was on Tizanidine; a muscle relaxer, at the time of the crash.

Police say the children were not hers.

No one was injured as result of the crash.

The Capt. said because it would be LaNou's first offense, it is not a criminal charge.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 11:21 AM, May 15, 2014

A 41-year-old woman could face criminal charges after an accident Thursday morning in Rothschild.

Captain Kevin Ostrowski of the Rothschild Police Department said the woman crashed into traffic lights at the intersection of Business 51 and the off ramp for Highway 29 East.

Investigators believe the woman was under the influence of a controlled substance. She also had three children in the vehicle, and police say two of them, ages 7 and 5 should have been in booster seats. A 10-year-old was in the front seat.

The crash happened just before 8 a.m. after a reckless driver complaint was called into police department.

There were no injuries sustained in the crash, but an ambulance was sent to the scene as a precautionary measure.


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