Mom arrested after cocaine is found in child's backpack

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(PNJ.com) - A Cantonment woman was arrested Monday after school employees said they discovered cocaine in her daughter's backpack, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

According to an arrest report, a student at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School told one of her teachers there was a small bag of white powder in her backpack.

The teacher immediately contacted the principal, who then contacted the Sheriff's Department.

The student told school officials that her mother, 29-year-old Shana Christina Beck, had lost the bag in her car the night before, the report said. Beck and a friend searched the car for the bag and were unable to find it, the arrest report said.

The student said she thought the bag had accidentally fallen into her book bag, which had been open on the floorboard of the car.

Sheriff's investigators were able to field test the contents of the baggie, and positively identify it as cocaine.

Beck was subsequently arrested on one count of felony child neglect and booked into Escambia County Jail.

She was released after posting $2,500 bond Wednesday and is scheduled to have her first court appearance Dec. 23.

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