A pregnant mother was sentenced to 60 days in jail after she repeatedly allowed her son to play truant from school.
The 37-year-old woman, who cannot be named because it would identify her child, fainted at Plymouth Magistrates Court as the sentence was read out.
The court heard it was the fifth time the woman has appeared in court over her children's truancy.
Truant: A pregnant woman has been jailed for allowing her son to skip school (picture posed by models)
Her son had a 67 per cent attendance record at school between July and October this year.
The woman, from Plymouth, said that she had 'tried her best' and did not dispute the number of days that her child missed school.
Her lawyer told the court that there may have been occasions when he had not gone to school even though she had taken him there or put him on the school bus.
The court heard that she had failed to attend an earlier hearing and a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
The woman turned herself into a Plymouth police station on Wednesday before appearing in court, where she was in breach of a previous suspended jail sentence.