A Topanga Canyon woman charged with hiding cocaine in the backpack of her 7-year-old daughter, who carried the drug to school, was "not concerned for her child, but of getting rid of the evidence," a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Maria Christina Torres, 40, acted like a drug dealer and not like a mother when she went to the school to retrieve the cocaine, Deputy Dist. Atty. Tracy Watson said in her closing argument of the two-week-long trial in Van Nuys Superior Court.
"The defendant was not concerned for her child, but of getting rid of the evidence," Watson told the jury. "Her actions were that of a drug dealer."
Torres, a Colombian citizen, is charged with child endangerment and possession of cocaine for sale. If convicted, she could be sentenced to seven years in prison.