PHOENIX - With tears in her eyes and handcuffs on her wrists, SanJuanita Carabajal had a message for her granddaughter from inside the Estrella Women’s Jail.
“You know how much Meemaw loves you. I’ve always loved you.”
The 58-year-old grandmother had driven to Arizona from Texas last week to visit her granddaughter in Gilbert. She had planned on staying longer to buy a house and be closer to her.
Gilbert police say Carabajal was so desperate to gain custody of the child that she went to extreme measures; giving her drugs to take to Pioneer Elementary School, and instructing her to present the drugs to a faculty member. Police say it was a plot to blame the drugs on the child’s father.
“I love my granddaughter too much to have done anything, or to do anything like that to her.”
Carabajal blames the drugs on the child’s father, but says her granddaughter was too scared to blame him.
“Her innocence has been taken away,” said Carabajal. “I feel like now with this, I’ve lost all chances of seeing her.”
Carabajal is being held at Estrella Women’s Jail on bond for child abuse.
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