Police found 14 bags of marijuana in a 3-year-old girl's backpack Friday, when she was dropped off at her Manhattan daycare center, officials said. Authorities called the stash of pot "substantial". Parents of other children at the day care were stunned when told of the marijuana find, according to NBC New York on Sept. 28.
Police say the pot was packed in six sandwich-sized bags as well as several other larger freezer bags. Teachers apparently called the cops when they started to smell the odor of marijuana on the little girl.
When teachers smelled the weed on the child, they searched her Minnie Mouse backpack at the Early Life center in Harlem on West 147th Street at around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.
That's when the contraband was discovered and cops were called. Police later arrested the toddler's cousin, 24-year-old Kelly Mena, according to the Gothamist.
They believe Mena wrapped the pot in the sandwich bags, placed in the girl's backpack and then forgot about it. Maybe she was too high.
Unfortunately this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Drugs have been found stuffed in kids' pockets, lunchboxes, strollers and even diapers.
Parents who later learned of the drug bust at the center on Friday were understandably stunned. One mom said she's never been concerned about the care provided at the facility, and blamed the family of the girl, not the daycare center.
"It's something wrong with the parents," she said. The girl is believed to be in the care of child welfare authorities.