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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:03

Woman charged with a felony said boy was holding onto kiddy pool

    A mother who told police she had her 9-year-old son climb on top of her minivan and hold down a plastic kiddy pool as she drove down a Saukville street last month because she had no other way to secure the  pool now faces a felony.
    Amber L. Schmunk, 28, of Fredonia was charged last week with second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
    At about 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, police received a report of a minivan driving in the area of Hillcrest and Claremont roads with a child on top of the vehicle holding down a plastic pool, according to the complaint.
    The witness said the driver, later identified as Schmunk, eventually pulled over on South Colonial Parkway, took the child off the vehicle and wedged the pool in the minivan.
    When officers caught up with Schmunk, who dropped the pool off at her sister’s house on South Colonial Parkway, she told them that she had picked up the pool at someone’s house but had no way to strap it to her minivan. So, she said, she had her son climb on top of the vehicle and hold the pool while she drove, the complaint states.
    She said she only drove for a short time, maybe 20 to 30 seconds, before stopping and taking her son and the pool off the roof of the minivan, according to the complaint.
    Schmunk told another officer that she used a strap to tie her son and the pool to the top of her minivan, the complaint states.
    Schmunk said she thought it was acceptable for her son to ride on top of the minivan because her father allowed her to do similar things when she was her son’s age, according to the complaint.
    Schmunk is scheduled to make her initial court appearance before Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams on Nov. 11.
    Second-degree recklessly endangering safety is punishable by a maximum five years in prison and five years of extended supervision. Daily Press