A mother-of-eight, whose husband said he was popping out for cigarettes but went to America to live with a woman he met on the internet, has committed her sixth offence of allowing a child to skip school.
Deborah Whittaker, 45, formerly of Moore Street, South Shore, now living in Whitworth Avenue, Coventry, was found guilty of two offences of failing to ensure a child’s attendance at school after a trial in her absence.
She was sentenced to a three months curfew from 8pm to 6am and ordered to pay £200 costs by Blackpool magistrates.
Ashley Fisher, defending, said: “Her husband said he was fetching a packet of cigarettes, but he went to America to live with a woman he met on the internet.
“She was bedridden and living in a property in a very poor state of repair, with two children. At times they did not bother going to school.”
The children are now living with their older sister and said to be attending school regularly,