A three-year-old boy was found with bags of marijuana in his pocket at a nursery. The boy was playing with toys when a bag of the drugs fell from his pocket.
The boy showed two more bags to stunned teachers and explained to them innocently:"It's my dad's for his cigs for smoking."
The nursery teachers at a school in Salford, UK called the police. The police searched the boy's stepfather's flat and found a fourth bag of the drugs. The man was arrested and brought before a Magistrate's Court in Manchester. He admitted that he smoked pot and explained that he left the bags at the side of his bed before he rushed out to work. He claimed that he put them in a box and that the child must have opened the box.
Daily Mail reports that the defense lawyer Abigail Henry, said the stepfather regretted the incident and was "ashamed of himself." She said: "He realizes the implications of what could have happened to the boy had he swallowed the drug or given it to another child."
According to Daily Mail, the man will be sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on May 21.
A council spokesman, said, "The school acted correctly, immediately reporting the incident to the police in line with our safeguarding procedures. All parties will continue to work closely together."
Similar incidents have been reported in the media in recent times. NJ.com reported in March that a 14-year-old boy was arrested after three bags of marijuana were found in his backpack at the Sparta Middle School.
Digital Journal also reports a five-year-old boy brought 10 plastic bags, each containing five folds of heroin to school for "show and tell." The boy's stepfather Santos Roman, 35,was arrested by police. Bridgeport police spokesman said the boy went to his kindergarten "show and tell" class at Barnum School with his stepfather's jacket and when it came to his turn to "show and tell," he pulled out 10 small plastic bags containing a total of 50 folds of heroin. The shocked teacher grabbed the bag from the boy and took them to the school principal who called the police.