A Shreveport woman who failed to send her two children to school almost two years pleaded guilty in Caddo Parish Juvenile Court January 31, 2019, to improper supervision.
Fathimah Slack, 35, appeared before Caddo Juvenile Judge Paul Young and admitted she failed to send her children, ages 13 and 14, to school for more than a year and a half. The children, who now are in the custody of a family member, missed the entire 2017-’18 school year and all of this school year through November 2018.
“As I promised this community, I am holding parents who do not properly supervise their children or send their children to school accountable to the full extent of the law,” said Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. “These children are the victims, and I pledge to always protect them.”
Detective D.J. Karam with the Shreveport Police Department investigated and arrested Slack. Her arrest followed a sweep last summer when Shreveport Police and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office executed bench warrants for parents who failed to appear in Juvenile Court for truancy. Slack could not be located at that time, but later was located and arrested.
The prosecutor was Assistant District Attorney Audie Jones.