No charges for mother of girl who took marijuana to class

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Jun 21, 2007
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A Pensacola mother whose daughter took marijuana to Lincoln Park Elementary School will not be charged.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families have closed their investigations into the child's mother, Cynthia Benson, 40.

Benson's daughter took some marijuana from her jacket pocket and handed it to her third-grade teacher, Elizabeth Ammons, on April 19, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's Office report.

"This is some of my mom's weed," the girl told her teacher, according to the report.

When the teacher asked the girl if she was talking about marijuana, the girl replied, "No, what my mother puts in her blunts," the report states.

Benson told an investigator for the Sheriff's Office as well as Children and Families officials that the marijuana did not belong to her, and she didn't know where the marijuana came from, according to a sheriff's report.

She took a urine test, and the test results were negative for drugs, the report says.

Benson said her daughter could have worn the jacket around two men who were involved in drug activity, the report also states.

She said her daughter's father, who now is in prison, was involved in drugs.

Also, she said she had dated a man who was involved in drugs but left him because of it, according to the report.

"Benson was advised that the incident would be documented and that in the future she could face criminal charges," the report states. "This case is being closed as unfounded."


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