A custody battle turned ugly when a woman gave her granddaughter drugs to hide in her father’s truck.
Sanjuanita Carbajal, 58, from Texas, was arrested after she gave her 9-year-old granddaughter several packages of cocaine with the intent to frame the child's father with drug possession.
According to Gilbert Police, Carbajal was visiting Arizona, where the child lives with her father.
Officers were called to Pioneer Elementary School on Wednesday, after school administrators discovered that the girl had several small packets that they believed was cocaine. Officers tested the substance and confirmed that it was cocaine.
When officers interviewed the girl, she told them that she found the drugs in his father's truck. After further questioning, she admitted that Carbajal had instructed her to hide the drugs in her father's truck.
The girl's father told investigators that his daughter had been at the center of a long custody battle between himself, the girl's mother and her maternal grandmother, Carbajal. The situation escalated after the father got custody of the child.
The child’s father offered officers to search his truck. They found no traces of cocaine or other drugs in his vehicle.
Investigators determined that Carbajal gave the drugs to the 9-year-old in the hopes that a drug conviction will give her the edge she needed to start a new fight for custody.
Carbajal was charged with child abuse and was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.
The girl's mother is not a suspect in the case.