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Five O.C. parents charged with allowing children to repeatedly miss school

May 10, 2011 |  5:30 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Five parents in Orange County were arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal misdemeanors for allegedly allowing their children to habitually miss school.

The case was the first of its kind in Orange County and involved repeated truancy problems in the Capistrano Unified School District, Orange School District and Magnolia School District, authorities said.

The parents are accused of knowing that their children were chronically absent but failing to address the problems, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

The parents charged are: Alice Haddadin, 45, and husband Ayman Haddadin, 47; Porfirio Ascencio, 43, and ex-wife Natividad Arteaga, 34; and Claudia Diaz Perez, 41.

They are scheduled to be arraigned June 7 at the Santa Ana courthouse. If convicted, they could receive up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines.

For the record 10:16 a.m. May 11: An earlier version of this post reported that the truancy problems were only in the Capistrano School District.

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