Gilbert PD: Woman gave drugs to granddaughter

GILBERT, AZ - A woman was arrested in Phoenix after she allegedly gave cocaine to her 9-year-old granddaughter.

Gilbert police say SanJuanita Carabajal, 58, allegedly gave several packets of narcotics to the child along with pills and specific instructions on where to place them within her father's vehicle. Carabajal also told the girl to take one of the baggies with cocaine and show it to her teacher at school, according to police.

On Monday, officials from Pioneer Elementary School called police when they became suspicious the child had what they believed was an illegal substance.

The school resource officer did a field test on the substance, causing the officer to believe it was cocaine.

Police said Carabajal has limited custody of her granddaughter and allegedly provided the drugs to further a plot to obtain full time custody.

Police said they believe she intended to create a situation where her son-in-law would be arrested, allowing the child to live with Carabajal.

Carabajal was arrested in Phoenix and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of child abuse.

Police said Carabajal placed the child in significant danger by providing the drugs.

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