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Mom Jailed After Son Skips School For 50 Days in Southern California

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Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 3:34 PM

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A Long Beach mom was jailed after her son missed about 50 days of class this school year, according to police'

Ermila Zamora, 43, spent a night in jail earlier this week after she was arrested on suspicion of failing to ensure the boy attended class. She apparently made $10,000 bail, according to sheriff's records.

A new law allowing authorities to arrest parents when their kids don't attend class 10 percent of the time (unexcused) in a given school year went into effect Jan. 1.

Long Beach police actually put detectives on the case earlier this year. According to an LBPD statement:

Officers quickly identified a Washington Middle School student that missed more than 20 days of school and had been through the LBUSD's School Attendance Review Board (SARB) process. After several months, the student's attendance still had not improved and the City Prosecutor's Office ordered the arrest of Zamora. By the time of her arrest, the student had over 50 days of unexcused absences from school.

Apparently this isn't the first time Zamora has been in trouble with the law for having a kid skip class.

In 2007 she was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor when her older son had too many absences from public school, authorities said.

Cops weren't revealing the ages, names or specific grades of the siblings.

Long Beach City prosecutor Doug Haubert:

We are taking school truancy seriously. Police officers and school officials are doing everything they can to keep kids in school and out of trouble, and if parents are unwilling to take responsibility themselves, then we will take action against the parents.

If she's guilty (which we're not saying she is), mama Zamora could face a year behind bars and a $2,000.00 fine.

Jeez, lady, don't you know sending your kid school gives you some of that illusive "me" time?

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