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Mom accused of smoking pot w/ kids in room

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Victorville mother and grandmother were arrested after police discovered several adults smoking marijuana in the presence of five children who lived in their apartment.Roche Lawanda Hope, 25, and her mother, Rosnell Edwards Hope, 55, were booked into the Victor Valley jail Thursday on suspicion of cruelty to a child.

Responding to the report of a disturbance, deputies came to an apartment complex in the 15500 block of Barranca Way Thursday and reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from an apartment.

According to investigators, deputies then entered the apartment and determined the odor was so strong it posed a safety risk to Roche Hope's five children, who range from 3 to 9 years old.

Officials said they found a small quantity of pot in the house.

Child Protective Services in San Bernardino County now has custody of the children.