Republicans divided over Evers' Cabinet pick

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- Republican senators are divided on whether one of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet secretaries who was charged with felony child abuse in 2005 after jabbing her 5-year-old son's hand with a pen should be confirmed.

Dawn Crim testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee. Evers nominated her to lead the state Department of Safety and Professional Services with regulates and issues licenses to a wide array of professionals and businesses.

There are three Republicans on the panel. Sen. Devin LeMahieu says he supports Crim. Sen. Dave Craig says he needs to review information provided by Evers about Crim before coming to a decision.

Committee chairman Sen. Chris Kapenga says he won't immediately schedule a vote and needs to review the Evers information and discuss concerns about Crim before moving forward.

The Senate is controlled 19-14 by Republicans.