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June 17, 1989
A Topanga Canyon woman whose 7-year-old daughter found cocaine in her backpack and shared it with classmates was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for possessing the drug for sale. Maria Christina Torres, 40, who wept quietly throughout the session in Van Nuys Superior Court, was convicted on May 19 despite her claim that a friend had hidden the cocaine in the school bag. Torres, a Colombian citizen who has been free on $100,000 bail since the incident, was taken into custody after she was sentenced by Judge Alan B. Haber.
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June 17, 1989 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
A Topanga Canyon woman whose 7-year-old daughter found cocaine in her backpack and shared it with classmates was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for possessing the drug for sale. Maria Christina Torres, 40, who wept quietly throughout the session in Van Nuys Superior Court, was convicted May 19 despite her claim that a friend had hidden the cocaine in the school bag. Torres, a Colombian citizen who has been free on $100,000 bail since the incident, was taken into custody immediately after she was sentenced by Judge Alan B. Haber.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1989
A Topanga Canyon woman, charged with placing a chunk of cocaine in her daughter's school backpack, Tuesday identified the man who she claims placed the drug in the child's book bag. Maria Torres, 40, testified in Van Nuys Superior Court that Denny Meyers, a longtime friend, admitted to her that he had put the cocaine in the the backpack. Torres said the backpack was in the car when she loaned it to Meyers the day before the drug was found. Torres offered no explanation as to why Meyers put the drug in the backpack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1989
A Topanga Canyon woman whose 7-year-old daughter found cocaine in her backpack and shared it with classmates was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for possessing the drug for sale. Maria Christina Torres, 40, who wept quietly throughout the session in Van Nuys Superior Court, was convicted on May 19 despite her claim that a friend had hidden the cocaine in the school bag. Torres, a Colombian citizen who has been free on $100,000 bail since the incident, was taken into custody after she was sentenced by Judge Alan B. Haber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989
Three second-graders described in Van Nuys Superior Court Thursday how they took turns sampling "yucky" tasting cocaine found in a classmate's backpack, then told friends it was good in order to trick them into trying it. After nine students at Canoga Park Lutheran School had tasted the powdery substance--including one who said it made her tongue numb--the fun ended abruptly when a sixth-grader grabbed the cocaine and turned it in to the principal's...
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May 18, 1989 | CARLOS LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1989 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
A Topanga Canyon woman who was accused of placing a chunk of cocaine in her 7-year-old daughter's school backpack was found guilty Friday of child endangerment and possession of cocaine for sale. Maria Christina Torres, 40, was found guilty by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury on a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a felony charge of possession of cocaine for sale in the June 13 incident. Torres could have been found guilty of felony child endangerment, but the jury opted for the lesser charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Three second-graders described in Van Nuys Superior Court Thursday how they took turns sampling "yucky"-tasting cocaine found in a classmate's backpack, then told friends it was good in order to trick them into trying it. After nine students at Canoga Park Lutheran School had tasted the powdery substance--including one who said it made her tongue numb--the fun ended abruptly when a sixth-grader grabbed the cocaine and turned it in to the principal's...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1989 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
A Topanga Canyon woman whose 7-year-old daughter found cocaine in her backpack and shared it with classmates was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for possessing the drug for sale. Maria Christina Torres, 40, who wept quietly throughout the session in Van Nuys Superior Court, was convicted May 19 despite her claim that a friend had hidden the cocaine in the school bag. Torres, a Colombian citizen who has been free on $100,000 bail since the incident, was taken into custody immediately after she was sentenced by Judge Alan B. Haber.
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June 16, 1988
A mother accused of child endangerment after her 7-year-old daughter found what turned out to be cocaine in her backpack and shared a taste of it with eight other students was rearrested today when she arrived in Juvenile Court seeking to regain custody of her two children. Maria Cristina Torres, 39, of Topanga Canyon had been released on $100,000 bail Monday after the nine students of Canoga Park Lutheran School became mildly ill after sampling the golf-ball-sized piece of the illegal drug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1989 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
A Topanga Canyon woman who was accused of placing a chunk of cocaine in her 7-year-old daughter's school backpack was found guilty Friday of child endangerment and possession of cocaine for sale. Maria Christina Torres, 40, was found guilty by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury on a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a felony charge of possession of cocaine for sale in the June 13 incident. Torres could have been found guilty of felony child endangerment, but the jury opted for the lesser charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1989 | CARLOS LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1989
A Topanga Canyon woman, charged with placing a chunk of cocaine in her daughter's school backpack, Tuesday identified the man who she claims placed the drug in the child's book bag. Maria Torres, 40, testified in Van Nuys Superior Court that Denny Meyers, a longtime friend, admitted to her that he had put the cocaine in the the backpack. Torres said the backpack was in the car when she loaned it to Meyers the day before the drug was found. Torres offered no explanation as to why Meyers put the drug in the backpack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989
Three second-graders described in Van Nuys Superior Court Thursday how they took turns sampling "yucky" tasting cocaine found in a classmate's backpack, then told friends it was good in order to trick them into trying it. After nine students at Canoga Park Lutheran School had tasted the powdery substance--including one who said it made her tongue numb--the fun ended abruptly when a sixth-grader grabbed the cocaine and turned it in to the principal's...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Three second-graders described in Van Nuys Superior Court Thursday how they took turns sampling "yucky"-tasting cocaine found in a classmate's backpack, then told friends it was good in order to trick them into trying it. After nine students at Canoga Park Lutheran School had tasted the powdery substance--including one who said it made her tongue numb--the fun ended abruptly when a sixth-grader grabbed the cocaine and turned it in to the principal's...
NEWS
June 14, 1988
A Colombian national was facing possible child endangerment charges today after her 7-year-old daughter found a golf-ball-sized chunk of cocaine in her school backpack and shared a taste of it with eight of her classmates at a Canoga Park private school. None of the children who ingested the drug suffered serious effects, police said, but they were all treated at a local hospital for stomachaches and are being observed in case of complications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1988
A Topanga Canyon woman, jailed and released on bail this week after her 7-year-old daughter shared cocaine with schoolmates, was taken into custody again Thursday and ordered held without bail for violating probation in an earlier federal case. Maria Christina Torres, 39, was arrested in a courtroom in Los Angeles where she was attempting to regain custody of her daughter and a 5-year-old son.
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