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St. Louis mother jailed because kids skipped school

EAST ST. LOUIS (CBSNews/KMOX) -- An East St. Louis woman can forget about making plans for the next couple of weekends -- shell be spending them in jail because her kids rarely show up for school.

Rachel Davis, 28, was given plenty of warning, twice being told by a judge that she could avoid jail time, probation and a fine by making sure her two young children made it to class on a regular basis.

One of her first graders racked up nearly 90 unexcused absences during the 2012-2013 school year, according to court documents.

In a court review in October, Davis complained that she didnt like her children walking to school through a dangerous neighborhood, so school officials arranged bus service for them.

This week, appearing before the same judge, judge Chris Kolker, it was learned that one of Davis children had missed two weeks of class since the previous hearing, but they had been regularly attending an after-school program.

Judge Kolker ordered Davis to serve out her two-weekend prison term and pay the $500 fine.



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