GILBERT, Ariz. -- A grandmother was arrested Wednesday for allegedly giving her 9-year-old granddaughter cocaine as part of a plot to get custody of the child, according to police.
SanJuanita Carbajal, 58, is accused of child abuse.
Carbajal, who has limited custody of the child, allegedly gave drugs to the girl with the intent of getting the child’s father arrested. That would allow Carbajal to get full custody of her granddaughter.
On Monday, officials from Pioneer Elementary School contacted police when they became suspicious that a student was in possession of illegal drugs.
A field test by a school resource officer indicated the substance was cocaine.
Investigators determined Carbajal gave several small packets of drugs to her granddaughter with specific instructions on where to place them in the father’s vehicle. The child was then supposed to show one packet of cocaine to her teacher say it came from her father.
Carbajal was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of child abuse for placing a minor in significant danger by giving her narcotics.