St. Marys couple arrested after kids repeatedly fail to show up to school

A St. Marys couple is behind bars after their four children failed to show up to school for months on end, according to the St. Marys Police Department.

The investigation started in February 2017. A school social worker, identified as Dr. Bianca Booker, notified the St. Mary’s Police Department about four students enrolled at Crooked River Elementary School who had “an excessive amount” of unexcused absences and tardies, according to the arrest warrant.

Booker told police that she made several home visits that spanned for months to try and find out why the students were absent, offered the family assistance to help solve the problem, as well as had the mother, identified as Stephanie Cain, attend an attendance panel where she signed a statement promising to fix her children’s absence problem.

Timeline of events, according to the arrest warrant:

The first home visit happened on Nov. 3, 2016. Booker told police she spoke to the children’s father, identified as Ryan Earnest Thomas Cain, and he told her they didn’t have a working alarm clock, but he said he was going to buy a new one. However, the four students continued to have absences, Booker said.

On Dec. 9, 2016 and Jan. 5, 2017, Booker made a home visit, but no one was available, so she left a note to have the parents contact her.

On Jan. 11, Booker never heard from the Cains and tried to call the mother, but the number wasn’t accepting phone calls.

On Jan. 23, Booker said she referred the Cains to an attendance panel by invitation, but the invitation was sent back as undelivered.

On Feb. 8, Booker said she made another home visit and got into contact with the mother, Stephanie Cain, and told her about the attendance panel.

She attended the panel the next day and signed an agreement promising she would correct her children’s absences. However, the arrest warrant reveals that the children continued to have unexcused absences and tardies, even after the St. Marys Police Department got involved.

Both Ryan and Stephanie Cain were arrested and face a misdemeanor charge of mandatory education for children between ages six and 16.