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BATON ROUGE - A joint task force arrested eight women they said failed to send their kids to school, even after repeated warnings from truancy officials.

Court documents show one of them, Erica Scott, hasn't sent her kids to class this entire school year.

The Family and Youth Services Center issued citations for parents of the top 30 students with the most absent days. The center said 20 of them complied and got their kids back on track, but 10 didn't.

"They've been warned, they've been offered assistance, they've been given every opportunity to just do the right thing," said center director Roxson Welch.

The following were booked into parish prison on a charge of Improper Supervision of a Minor (Truancy):

  1. Erica Scott, 37, 6229 Gurney St., Baton Rouge.
  2. Rochelle Johnson, 32, 9990 Avenue J, Baton Rouge.
  3. Tawanda Cosey, 30, 16071 Nehru Ave., Baton Rouge.
  4. Carla Robinson, 33, 2940 Southpointe Drive, Baton Rouge.
  5. Lisa Ruth, 44, 4105 Monroe St., Baton Rouge.
  6. Lynn Sparks, 48, 4730 Shelly St., Baton Rouge.
  7. Paulette Smith, 49, 1734 Cedar Lake Road, Baton Rouge.
  8. Sylvia Robb, 32, 5255 Hammond St., Baton Rouge.

All eight have bonded out of parish prison, and police are still trying to track down two for the same offense, Shameka Dixon and Kecia Coleman.

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