Mom Charged for Kids Skipping School

Cutting class puts a mother behind bars.

Jail time is the punishment for a Greenfield mother who allowed her children to skip class for a period that spanned more than five years.

The Monterey County District Attorney announced the charges on Thursday.

Carla Wigginton, 52, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The charges were brought against her after family counseling through the District Attorney's Truancy Abatement  Program failed to get her to change.

Both of Wigginton's children were absent from school for more than 100 days during the 2007-2008 school year, according to the District Attorney's office.

Wigginton was sentenced to 90 days in jail. But she could get out after only a month, provided her children go to school.

She will also be required to complete parenting classes.

Because Wigginton is a single mother, she will be allowed to serve her jail time through the county jail's work alternative  program.   

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