ANNAPOLIS, Md. - They are some of the youngest of the more than 78,000 public school students in Anne Arundel County, yet parents like Jose Francisco-Bonilla are already trying to steer them away from drugs.
"I have to be involved in my baby's situation, because I want them to stay away from that kind of stuff," said Francisco-Bonilla.
Just imagine the surprise last week when a first grade teacher at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis discovered some of that ‘kind of stuff’ while checking a student’s homework.
"We had a six year old that went to school and the teacher found marijuana in the child's backpack,” said Det. Amy Miguez of the Annapolis Police Department, “It was just a small amount, but the teacher then reported it to the office and the police were contacted."
It didn’t take long for investigators to determine that the young girl wasn’t to blame for the substance.
"School officials don't believe that the child had any idea that the substance was in her bag or that she had brought it to school," said Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
That left an obvious place to turn---to the child’s home, where they found an obvious suspect.
"Of course, officers went to talk to the child's mother and it turned out she had to open warrants for her arrest,” said Det. Miguez, “So she was arrested that day for that and the investigation into the marijuana is still ongoing."
The first grader’s 22-year old mother had outstanding charges for marijuana possession and paraphernalia.
She’s being held with bond set at $500.
We are not reporting her name to protect her young daughter’s identity.
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