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Grandmother allegedly sends child to school with cocaine in custody plot

SanJuanita Carbajal is seen in a still from an Oct. 2013 jailhouse interview.
October 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 58-year-old grandmother is in a Phoenix-area jail after what police are calling a bizarre plot to gain custody of her granddaughter.

Authorities say SanJuanita Carbajal gave cocaine to the 9-year-old child, told her to go to her elementary school and present the drugs to school officials.

The idea behind the plot, according to police, is that the child would claim the drugs belonged to her father, and Carbajal would then gain custody of the child.

In a jailhouse interview, the grandmother proclaimed her innocence.

"I love my granddaughter too much to do have done anything, or to do anything like that to her," Carbajal said. "Children have always been special to me, and with this allegation I may never be able to be around children again."

Under questioning, the 9-year-old first said the drugs belonged to her father, but then admitted they came from her grandmother.

Carbajal was arrested Wednesday. She is being charged with child endangerment. Police did not immediately know Thursday if she had a lawyer

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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