Tot With Pot? Child, 3, Caught With Bags of Marijuana at School

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A toddler showed up to school with an unwelcome guest named Mary Jane. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Educators, law enforcement officials and a 3-year-old's mom continue to be stumped over who put pot in a Florida preschooler's backpack.

Officials from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office say they will not be releasing any specifics on the incident, but they tell WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., that earlier this week, the child pulled marijuana out of his backpack to show a classmate at Niblack Elementary School. According to the police report, the classmate told the teacher and the youngster was searched.

School officials found two small baggies containing less than 20 grams of marijuana on the child, who told authorities it came from his father, according to MSNBC. When school officials called the boy's mom, she said the boy might have "gotten the weed" from a neighbor's house where he plays, according to the police report.

A drug search of her home surfaced no illegal drugs, according to the sheriff's office. The boy was suspended for the rest of the school day.

The sheriff's office says the incident was investigated as a case of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, but no charges were filed because of the child's age. They will continue to investigate.

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