Under state law, unlicensed providers can care for no more than three children under the age of seven not related to them.
Records from the Department of Children and Families show Schroeder was first cited for watching five children in January, 2016. Inspectors returned to find her caring for seven children in March and May, and six children in September.
In November, Schroeder was charged with four criminal misdemeanor counts of providing child care without a license.
DCF routinely issues fines to repeat offender of the state's illegal day care law, but could find no record of any other case where criminal charges were sought.
In 2016, 69 day care providers were found to be operating illegally. Like Schroeder, 19 of them were repeat offenders.