6 OC Parents Arrested for Allegedly Ignoring Warnings of Children's Chronic Truancies

What truant?
Earlier today, I posted on Frank Cabada of Santa Ana's Hector Godinez Fundamental High School being among six Latino high school seniors from around the country honored this morning by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Beverly Hills.

It's unlikely Cabada, a math and engineering whiz, would have attained such distinction had he been the child of Toya Daniels, Gustavo Martinez, Maria de la Luz Martinez, Cheree Peoples, Toni Marie Aranda or Virginia Ferrer Avila.

Those Orange County parents have been arrested on suspicion of allowing their children to be chronically truant to school despite repeated warnings from police and school officials.

"California law requires school-aged children to be enrolled in and attend school and failure to comply with the law can result in juvenile court proceedings for the child or criminal prosecution of the parent(s)," reads a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

"The defendants in this case are each charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one misdemeanor count of failure to reasonably supervise or encourage school attendance. If convicted, each defendant faces a sentence ranging from probation up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines."

Arraignment dates are to be determined, according to prosecutors.

The arrests came after a sweep by the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP), a law enforcement partnership that identifies at-risk youth and aims to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity. Teams came from OCDA, the Buena Park Police Department, the Orange County Probation Department, the Orange Police Department, the Santa Ana Police Department and Santa Ana Unified School District Police Department.

All arrests were made in the morning after the parents' children had been taken to school, the OCDA notes, adding that each defendant was booked into the Orange County Jail and released on their own recognizance prior to the end of the school day "to ensure that no child would be left without proper childcare."

The same agency boasted the first-ever prosecution against parents of truants in 2011, although the charges did not stick against all defendants:

OC Law Enforcement Targets Parents of Truants
OCDA Boasts First-Ever Case Against Parents of Truants

The full statement on the next page lays out the cases against each parent in the latest prosecution . . .

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