Trial set for woman accused of lying about child's residency - - Jackson, MS

Trial set for woman accused of lying about child's residency

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The woman accused of lying about where she lives so her son could attend a Ridgeland school appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Aurora Baugh ran from WLBT's cameras after her initial appearance in Ridgeland Municipal Court.

Earlier this year, she was the first person to be arrested under a Ridgeland ordinance that went into effect in November. It makes it a misdemeanor to falsify your residency in order to cross school district lines.

"Apparently, this ordinance was passed for a reason. Apparently it's been a problem before, so I think a lot of people are paying attention to this," said Baugh's attorney, William Stewart. 

Police said the 47-year-old Jackson woman forged a landlord's signature on a rental lease to enroll her son in Ridgeland High School. Ridgeland police say Baugh's son is now enrolled in Jackson Public Schools.

"The city of Ridgeland was just doing their job. It is what it is, it's on the books, you can read it in the city ordinance for yourself," said Stewart. "Aurora Baugh is a model citizen. She's a good citizen, and she's a fine lady, and a good mother."

Baugh's trial is set for March 30th.

The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail.

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