CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Seven Kanawha County parents are being sought by law enforcement after they failed to show up in circuit court to answer truancy charges.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom issued warrants for the arrests Wednesday. Five mothers were sentenced on those same charges.
Wanted for failure to appear at their scheduled hearing are: Cassandra Wilson, Jessica Jones, Brittany Sherrod, Amy Wilkinson, Jody Bush, Amy Taylor and Amanda Pomeroy.
Those parents were notified twice by their children's schools to attend meetings with attendance officers and prosecutors before charges were filed. Failure to attend those mandatory meetings can result in criminal truancy charges, and not appearing in court can result in arrest.
Bloom sentenced five on first offense truancy charges. They are: Stephanie Roberts, who has a 6-year-old at Dunbar Elementary; Jennifer Morton, who has a 7-year-old at Weimer Elementary; April Long, who has a 12-year-old at East Bank Middle; Erica Foster, who has an 11-year-old at Pratt Elementary; and Kayce Dudley, who has a 9-year-old at Dunbar Elementary.
Those students had between 14 and 21 unexcused absences from school through mid-March.
The parents were ordered to pay $211 in fines and court costs and were sentenced to 90 days probation and five days of community service.
Bloom told the parents to get their children to school regularly and warned that a second truancy charge can result in a jail sentence.
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