Metro-East mom charged after kids' 100 unexcused school absences

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 8:12 AM

 (KMOV) -- An East. St. Louis woman was arrested and charged after her two kids had more than 100 days of unexcused absences from school.

According to court documents, Rachel Davis, 28, broke a promise to a judge that her kids would be in school regularly after missing more than 80 days last school year.

The case is a part of an ongoing crackdown in the metro East. Prosecutor Brendan Kelly said they’ve begun a tough approach that’s proven to work in other areas: threaten parents with fines or even jail time if they chronically allow their kids to skip school, especially if they’re younger.3

Kelly said he knows parenting isn’t easy. They’ll take each case separately, but he says something must be done to get kids off the streets and out of jail.

Davis was charged with guardian allows child truancy misdemeanor. 

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