A 34-year-old Clovis mother was arrested Thursday on felony charges for allowing her children to miss more than 100 days of school, then giving forged doctor’s notes to their elementary school.
Nicole Pitcock is charged with two counts of felony forgery and two petty misdemeanor counts of violating school attendance laws.
She was released on $5,500 bond Thursday, jail officials said.
School officials contacted investigators in February after Pitcock presented them with forged doctor’s notes in an effort to excuse her two children’s absences, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
School officials sent Pitcock numerous notices and asked her to meet with them at least four times prior to contacting law enforcement, the release said.
About 20 have been convicted of misdemeanor truancy violations since 2007, when District Attorney Matt Chandler launched a new initiative toward prosecution of parents for truancy, according to the district attorney’s office.
Pitcock is the second parent to be charged with felony forgery for falsifying doctors notes, said Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross, who heads up the Abolish Chronic Truancy initiative.
Contact information for Pitcock could not be located.