Gilbert, AZ (The Weekly Vice) - SanJuanita Carbajal, a 58-year-old Texas woman, was jailed Wednesday after she allegedly gave her 9-year-old granddaughter several packets of cocaine in an attempt to frame the child's father for drug possession.
According to Gilbert Police, officers were dispatched to Pioneer Elementary School Wednesday after school administrators discovered that the little girl was in possession of several small packets that they believed to be cocaine.
Arriving officers performed a field test on the substance and confirmed that it was cocaine.
When officers interviewed the child, she reportedly told them that she found the drug packets in her father's truck. After further questioning, the little girl admitted that Carbajal had given her the drugs with instructions to hide them inside her father's truck.
When officers asked the girl who she would rather live with, the girl emphatically replied "Grandma Janey!"
The girl's father told investigators that the girl had been at the center of a long, drawn-out custody fight between himself, the girl's mother and Carbajal. The situation reportedly intensified after the father was awarded residential custody.
At some point during the custody dispute, Carbajal attempted to gain custody of the child, but was unsuccessful.
The girl's mother reportedly told investigators that her mother's sisters are drug dealers, and she believes that her mother attempted to set her and the child's father up using drugs acquired from her sisters. The girl's mother is not a suspect in the case.
The girl's father told investigators that he doesn't use narcotics and asked officers to search his truck. Officers took him up on his offer Monday and found no trace of cocaine or other narcotics inside his vehicle. On Tuesday, however, the father called police and reported that a bag of cocaine mysteriously appeared inside his truck after dropping his daughter off at school.
After multiple interviews with all parties involved, investigators determined that Carbajal gave her granddaughter the drugs, hoping a drug conviction would give her the edge she needed to launch a new custody fight.
Carbajal, who was visiting Arizona from Texas, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with child abuse.
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