Eight women arrested for not sending kids to school; two still at large


POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:34pm

Eight Baton Rouge women were arrested because they were not sending their children to school. The women have bonded out of jail, but it's not over. 

Roxson Welch, the director of the Family and Youth Services Center, is responsible for making sure children go to school. 

"Our objective is to not put moms in jail," Welch said. "Our objective is to just please follow the plan."

Welsh said that mothers were given plenty of opportunities to get their kids to school. 

"Once we see a problem then we do everything. The schools call parents. The schools send letter home," Welch said. "The Child Welfare and Attendence, they go out and they visit parents."

Additionally, Welsh reassures that having the parents arrested was the last resort. 

"We've got to get those families in here before we lose track of them," she said. "We tried everything else." 

Right now, the mothers are charged with misdemeanors, but if they do not comply, they could face more charges. 

"There is no throwaway child, there is none!" she exclaimed. "So as a community, we cannot accept anything less than understanding that every child is valuable."

Police are still searching for two parents they were not able to arrest as part of this roundup. 

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