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Criminal Law :  School Attendance Law –  Ambiguity –  Misdemeanor Charge

Where the state appealed the dismissal of a misdemeanor charge against a mother for violation of the compulsory school attendance law, the judgment is reversed and remanded because the plain language of the statute unambiguously criminalizes a parent’s failure to cause a child between the ages of seven and 16 to regularly attend school.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

State v. Fanning (MLW No. 71909/Case No. WD81158 – 9 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, Hardwick, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Buchanan County, Marquart, J. (Joshua C. Bachman, St. Jospeh, for appellant) (Ellen H. Flottman, Columbia, for respondent).

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