Woman pleads guilty to 1 count, 55 dismissed

NEW CUMBERLAND — A Newell woman must pay a $50 fine plus court costs for letting her son be chronically absent from school last year, court records said.

Beth Green, 36, of Jefferson Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of failure to require a child to attend school. The remaining 55 counts were dismissed by Hancock County Magistrate Michael Powell per a plea agreement. Each charge carries a fine of $50.

The case, investigated by attendance officer Ruth Ann Douglass, covered the entire 2015-16 school year, during which time Green’s 14-year-old son, then an eighth-grader at Oak Glen Middle School, accumulated 56 unexcused absences, according to a complaint filed in Hancock County Magistrate Court.

The boy missed two days in August, three days in September, six days in October, five days in November, two days in December, six days in January, six days in February, seven days in March, 14 days in April and five days in May, the complaint said.

Hancock County Schools first sent a notice of unexcused absences to Green on Sept. 25, 2015, and again on Sept. 30. Still the missed days piled up, the complaint said.

A warrant for Green’s arrest was issued in May, but she did not turn herself in until September.