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Judge Sends Mother To Jail For Truancy

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Juvenile Court judge Donna Scott Davenport is sick of parents who don't listen.

"If they don't work with me they are facing jail time," said Davenport.

Most parents who fail to send their children to school on a regular basis get warnings.  But now things are changing.

One Rutherford County mother found herself behind bars after her 10 year-old son missed nearly a month of school with unexcused absences.

"In this particular case it meant the mother was arrested and had to go to jail," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Dept. 

Evans said police are seeing more criminal warrants for parents in truancy cases.

The woman's sister said she's glad about the arrest and worries about her nephew.

"I don't even think he's in school today, to be honest. And he wasn't yesterday," said Latanya Anderson.

She said her sister lets her son stay home to play video games.

"This is a crime," said Judge Davenport.

The judge said she is done with warnings and will now sign more criminal warrants for extreme cases of truancy.

"It's punishable by jail time and a $50 fine for each day a child is not in school," said Davenport.

She and other judges in the mid-state are cracking down as they see more students with a high number of unexcused absences in the new school year. 

It's all part of the effort to make sure children don't fall behind in their studies.

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