Margaret Heck, whose 6year-old child missed 17 days at Chamberlain Elementary, said her daughter's asthma, and sometimes the mother's own illness, were the reasons for absences.
Bloom asked Heck to return to court June 5 with medical documentation about her daughter's illness before he decides her case.
Katherine George pleaded not guilty concerning her child's 32 1/2 unexcused absences at Malden Elementary. She told the judge her child was autistic and she often had to fight with her to get her to school.
"I've always been a good mother," George said. "I work a lot to take care of them. But I'm not innocent because I haven't done 100 percent."
Bloom found George guilty and imposed the same sentence he did on the other parents who pleaded guilty Wednesday. He told her to do a better job of getting her child to school.
A handful of the other cases were continued for various reasons, including the need to gather more documentation.
Another parent recently charged with truancy has appealed her case to the state Supreme Court.
Beth Bennett of St. Albans pleaded guilty last month but later asked that her plea be withdrawn. Her request for a new trial was denied by Bloom.
Bennett's first-grade son had five unexcused absences at Anne Bailey Elementary. His parents said those missed days, and others that they provided excuses for, were due to illness.
She believes she didn't have sufficient opportunity to explain her son's absences in court and said he has been honored as a "super student" in his school. Bennett was critical of the charges levied against her.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.
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