Police say mom had kids with her during burglary

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RACINE, Wisc. (WITI) -- Ignoring the pleas of her 11-year-old daughter, a mom in Wisconsin is accused of burglarizing an apartment with her three kids in tow according to police. Sister station FOX 6 in Milwaukee reports that Tanya Fawcett, 35, is behind bars, charged with burglary and three counts of recklessly endangering safety after being arrested Monday.

"The mom actually broke a window, broke a glass window and climbed in," said Sergeant Jessie Metoyer.

Police say Fawcett had her children ages 11, seven and four with her during the burglary. Fawcett's daughter begged her to leave the apartment, but police say she didn't listen. While they were inside the apartment, the resident came home to find his lights on, stuff moved with a stranger's family inside.

"He noticed that his TV was moved, numerous electronic items and others were bagged up and put by the door," Sgt. Metoyer told FOX 6.

Fawcett then tried to get away, but fell at the bottom of a steep hill. A police officer arrived and heard her children's cries, she was found lying on the ground. Police say Fawcett thought she was in someone else's home and appeared to be intoxicated.

"It's really tragic, actually, to put these kids in that kind of situation. They're certainly at no fault for this and we feel very badly for these kids," Sgt. Metoyer told FOX 6.

Fawcett's held in jail on a $1,200 cash bond and is due to appear in court for this case next Thursday. Online court records also indicate she's due in court in August after allegedly violating a restraining order in January of 2014.

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