BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- A Yacolt, Wash. day care provider was arrested Friday after police said she passed out while two children were in a minivan with her.
Battle Ground Police said officers found Sheila Michalios, 45, unconscious in her minivan at around 5:45 p.m. in the 500 block of E. Main Street and was unable to care for the two small children who were with her. The children -- a 2-year-old boy and his 16-month-old sister -- were in their car seats, but they weren't properly buckled in. Police found open alcohol containers in the minivan and said Michalios smelled of beer.
Police said they were flagged down by someone who saw Michalios passed out in the minivan during Battle Ground's popular "Trick or Treat Street" event. Michalios' own children were participating in the event at the time of the incident and were not with her in the minivan. Police couldn't find any witnesses who may have seen Michalios driving under the influence.
The children were turned over to Child Protective Services after being checked by medics and reunited with their parents.
Michalios was taken to the Clark Co. Jail and booked on two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. Bail is set at $1,100 and she is due in court on Monday.
"It's a good thing nothing happened to these kids," said Sgt. Kim Armstrong. "What's particularly bothersome is that she was entrusted by the parents of these children to take care of them, and she was in no condition to do that."
Michalios has been a licensed day care provider since 2003 and operates "Kids-N-Kare" at her home, according to state business records. Her license allows her to take care of up to one dozen children ages 11 or younger. Police said CPS has suspended her license pending the outcome of their investigation in this case.