Loudoun mother convicted, fined for children’s tardies

WASHINGTON – A Loudoun County mother whose three children were repeatedly tardy for school has been convicted of three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Maureen Blake’s children attend Lincoln Elementary School in Purcellville, Va. They were late a total of 30 times between Sept. 10, 2011 and Jan. 19, 2012, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reports.

The school is not far from another school attended by the children of Mark and Amy Denicore, who received attention after it was learned their three children had been tardy 85 times since September. They are scheduled to go on trial March 14.

Blake, 42, was ordered this week in Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to pay a $1,000 fine for each of her three children, as well as $3,000 in court fees. Those fees can be waived if she pays her fines on time.

Blake said she has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which causes challenges for her.

The Times-Mirror reports Blake says she has “outsourced” driving the kids to school, since she is prone at times to misplacing things like glasses, keys and her purse. She also hired a life coach two years ago to help her stay organized.

WTOP’s Mitchell Miller contributed to this report. Follow Mitchell and WTOP on Twitter.

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