Mother arrested in truancy case
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a Baton Rouge mom after they said she refused repeated attempts to help her get her kids back in school.
According to jail records, Baton Rouge Police arrested Kenyetta Criss after she refused to appear for an appointment with truancy officers. Investigators said if she had appeared, she would have been given a misdemeanor summons instead.
Police said Criss kept her two children out of Broadmoor Elementary for more than 60 days of unexcused absences each since the beginning of the current school year. The Youth Services Center scheduled multiple meetings with Criss to help get her kids back in class, but said she refused to meet with them. They also said she did not appear for a Truancy Court hearing this past November.
Criss told News 2 she'd kept her kids out of school because she was in an abusive relationship and was worried her children would be taken. The children's father, Ramon Odds, told News 2 he never abused Criss and that he's fighting to get custody of the children.
Criss was booked into the parish jail on charges of improper supervision of a minor.