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Mom charged after sending child to school without coat, in ill fitting clothes

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Catherine Pierce is charged with child neglect. Catherine Pierce is charged with child neglect.
MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. -

A Maury County mother is charged with child neglect after she repeatedly sent her elementary school aged child to school without a coat and in ill fitting clothing.  

Authorities told Nashville's News 2 Investigates Catherine Pierce's arrest came after numerous attempts were made by teachers and the school's SRO to help the child.

"The school has made numerous efforts to help the child," Lt. Andy Jackson said. "What the mom has forced us to do is write a warrant on her, arresting her and sending her to court to let the judge deal with her."

According to investigators the child often attended school wearing inappropriately sized clothing, such as adult shoes that did not fit.

The child's person hygiene was also reportedly deficient.

Investigators reported the Department of Children's Services was notified multiple times about the Pierce case.

"[DCS was contacted] at least twice before," Jackson said. "I didn't call them personally, but the SRO did and each time they have not put services in that home or helped the family in anyway that we know of."

However, officials with DCS told Nashville's News 2 Investigates contrary to what investigators said the agency has had previous involvement with the family.

Pierce, 39, has since been released on bond.

DCS said they are working with law enforcement and that they do not have custody of the child.

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