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EBR mother accused again of child neglect

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BATON ROUGE - A mother of six children remains in parish prison on charges of improper supervision of her children.

Authorities arrested Kecia Coleman, 32, of Baton Rouge Sunday on six counts of improper supervision, two counts of introducing contraband into a penal institution, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a fugitive from justice. Her criminal record has similar drug-related and child desertion charges.

Coleman was one of ten women targeted in May for failing to send their kids to school. She had been on the run since then.

None of her adolescent five children have been to school this calendar year or most of last year, according to Family and Youth Service Center Director Roxson Welch.

"She ranks right down there at the bottom of them all," Welch explained. "I've never seen anybody worse because she's been given every opportunity to do better."

Welch spent Tuesday morning again reporting Coleman's neglect to the state Department of Child and Family Services, and asked counselors to intervene.

"These kids need to be removed and I told Ms. Coleman the last time I saw her, which was about two weeks ago, that if she truly loved these kids, then she would let these kids be raised by someone that cared more about them than herself. She said, 'I understand. I understand I just need some money today,'" Welch said.

A DCFS spokesperson said generally the department will get involved when abuse or neglect is reported, but couldn't comment directly on Coleman's situation.

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