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Wilmington mom jailed after child skipped days of school

Posted November 24, 2010 8:55 a.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2010 1:54 p.m. EST

— A North Carolina mother is in jail after her child missed too much school.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday that Elizabeth Marie McKeithan, 42, of 9101 Highland Hills Drive in Leland, is serving a 15-day jail sentence. Authorities say McKeithan violated the three-year probation sentence she received after she was found responsible for the truancy of her child, who missed 11 days of school.

State law makes it a misdemeanor when a parent or guardian fails to get a child under 16 to attend school.

Brunswick County Teen Court Director Glenda Ansley says cases of excessive school truancy are rarely presented to a judge. Ansley says many programs try to educate parents and students about the consequences of missing school.