A 22-year-old Racine woman is facing up to seven years in prison after the Racine County District Attorney says she stole a relative’s iPhone and debit card and kept her child out of school for more than 50 days just this school year.
A warrant for Tatiyana Burnette was authorized Thursday for failing to appear to face one felony count of and one misdemeanor count each of theft and for failing to send her child to school. If convicted, she faces up to 7 years in prison and/or up to $20,500.
According to the criminal complaints against her, a relative called police last December to report that Burnette had stolen their iPhone and debit card. Burnette used the debit card at a local gas station and tried to use it to wire $500 to herself.
Burnette is also accused of keeping her six-year-old child out of school for more than 50 days this school year. The criminal complaint details how the Racine Unified School District attempted several times to work with Burnette so that her child has every opportunity to go to school. When those efforts failed, district officials notified authorities.
Online court records indicate that Burnette was scheduled Thursday for her initial appearance on the charges, but she failed to show. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.