Educational Neglect Can Land a Parent in Jail in Michigan (Part 2)

March 22, 2018 Abuse and Neglect Attorney
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In Michigan, not sending your kids to school, or allowing them to be truant, can mean jail time for parents!

Welcome back and thanks for joining us again as we look at a recent case of alleged educational neglect, and discuss what Michigan law has to say about parents not sending their kids to school! As we shared with you in the previous article, Amanda McEntaffer is accused of repeatedly failing to send her young son to school. Once the total number of unexcused absences reached 31 days, the school district reached out, but nothing seemed to make a difference…

The mother knew what would happen, but the truancy continued…

Despite the fact that McEntaffer was repeatedly warned, through letters and over the phone, that failing to get her child to school could mean criminal charges, her child continued to miss school. At one point, she was brought into the Prosecutor’s office and given the chance to sign a contract. It stated that if she failed to start bringing her child to school consistently to school, she would face charges. She signed it, but it made no noticeable difference, and the child kept missing school.

Another meeting was scheduled, and again she didn’t show up. In the end, the prosecutor’s office filed charges against her. She appeared in court and plead guilty to the charge. But the judge offered her one final opportunity – if her child didn’t miss any school days between her plea date and the date of her hearing, the charges would be dropped. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen. By the time she showed up for her sentencing hearing, McEntaffer’s child had accrued several more unexcused absences.

She was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail, plus possible additional days

McEntaffer will be behind bars for at least two weeks, possibly longer. Hopefully once she gets out the issue of her child’s truancy will be resolved. However, it would come as no surprise to hear that CPS has opened an investigation into her parenting skills. Should they decide they don’t like what they find, they may attempt to terminate her parental rights.

We don’t know the details behind this story. We don’t know if McEntaffer faces challenges that we simply don’t understand, or know nothing about. What we do know is that failing to follow the state’s laws and guidelines when it comes to parenting your children, can get you into a lot of trouble. So if you or a loved one have been accused of neglecting or abusing a child, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245. We are here to help you and your family!