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8 arrested, 2 at large in truancy crackdown

3 years 4 months 1 week ago May 16, 2013 May 16, 2013 Thursday, May 16 2013 May 16, 2013 9:44 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Police arrested eight women and are seeking two more in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said they failed to send their kids to school despite repeated warnings.

The arrests were part of an effort by the new Family and Youth Services Center to target repeat truancy offenders. They warned 30 parents this fall that they needed to keep sending their children to school, and said the 10 women police obtained arrest warrants for this week didn't comply.

Police arrested the following women earlier this week, all on suspicion of improper supervision of a minor by a parent or guardian.

Tawanda Cosey, 30
Rochelle Johnson, 32
Sylvia Robb, 32
Carla Robinson, 33
Lisa Ruth, 44
Erica Scott, 37
Paulette Smith, 49
Lynn Sparks, 48

Police said Kecia Coleman, 32, and Shameka Dixon, 36, remain at large and face the same charges.

News 2's Michael Shingleton looks into the investigation and the problems surrounding truant kids tonight.


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