Cops find marijuana in child’s backpack


Associated Press

NEW CASTLE, Pa.

Police have charged a western Pennsylvania woman with child endangerment after school officials say they found four bags of marijuana in her daughter’s school backpack.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 45-year-old Paula Johnson, of New Castle, who will be mailed a summons to answer the charge filed by New Castle police.

The New Castle News reported Wednesday that the drugs were found after a classmate told a school therapist that something “bad” was in the girl’s backpack April 19.

The girl’s age is not being released, but police say she attends the Brighter Visions Pinnacle Program for children age 6 through 12 who have behavioral problems.

Police say when they called Johnson to notify her about the drugs she said, “Yeah, I know.”

No drug charges have been filed in the case.

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