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Father claims he never abused "truant mom"

3 years 3 months 1 week ago February 14, 2014 Feb 14, 2014 Friday, February 14 2014 February 14, 2014 4:05 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

BATON ROUGE- The father of two children, whose mother is wanted by police for letting the kids miss a combined 137 days of school, claims he hasn't abused their mother and wants the kids back in class.

When Ramon Odds learned his children had missed a large portion of the school year, he was shocked.

"I was being told they were going to school and it was like she was making them hide that from me, and I take responsibility for that, too, because I should have been more of an activist checking school on that," said Odds.

Earlier this week, Kenyetta Criss claimed she kept the children away from school because she feared for her family's safety.

She claims she's, "in an abusive relationship and I feel like it's my kids that are being abused, not physically, but mentally because it's setting them back. Setting them back farther and farther every day they miss school." said Odds.

Two years ago, Odds had custody of his 11-year old, sending him to school in Livingston Parish. He showed WBRZ News 2 documents that prove his son didn't have any recorded absences and achieved A/B honor roll grades.

"He performed excellent. Rewards, every semester he got a reward, A/B honor roll student, teachers loved him," said Odds.

Odds had a meeting at the Truancy Center today, something his ex-wife hasn't done in months. He hopes to gain custody of the children and keep them in school regularly.

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