Minnesota mother accused of endangering her children

Published 7:55 pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ROCHESTER — Authorities said a Rochester mother of 10 had five of her children in her vehicle when she drove drunk, sideswiped a median cable barrier, then exited the highway and pulled over to breast feed her baby along the side of the road.

Charges filed this week in Olmsted County against 40-year-old Tasha Schleicher include child endangerment, felony drunken driving and failing to have a driver’s license.

According to a criminal complaint, an off-duty Rochester officer saw Schleicher’s car drift off Highway 52, sideswipe the barrier for about 200 feet causing pieces of her vehicle to land on the roadway.

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Records show Schleicher had three prior drunken driving convictions in the past 10 years, including two in Wisconsin.

She is jailed on $25,000 bail. It’s not clear whether Schleicher has hired an attorney.