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RACINE, Wis. – A Wisconsin mother has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a home, but officers say it is who she asked to help her commit the crime that grabbed their attention the most.

Tanya Fawcett is behind bars for breaking  into an apartment on Washington Ave.

Officers say she wasn’t alone in the crime.

In fact, she brought along her three children, who are 11, 7 and 4-years-old.

The 11-year-old told police that “her mother asked her to reach under furniture and unplug things.”

She also told officers that she “told her mother several times they should leave.”

“I was incredibly angry that a woman would be so irresponsible as to not even consider her children first. When you’re a parent, you consider your children first,” said Michelle Poole.

“She’s supposed to be an example to the kids and that wasn’t a good example for them,” said William Hodges.

Police say Fawcett was drunk when she led her children up the stairs to the apartment and threw a rock through a window to get inside.

According to the police report, the 11-year-old describes how “her mother lifted the 4-year-old through the broken window and then told her and her sister to get inside without getting cut.”

The man who lives in the apartment came home as they were inside.

He called police and now Fawcett’s fate is up to a judge.

“It wasn’t the first time, won’t be the last until she gets help and admits that she needs help,” said Hodges.