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September 24, 1988
A Topanga Canyon woman facing trial for placing a golf ball-sized chunk of cocaine in her daughter's backpack was sentenced Friday to 30 days in County Jail for stealing $24 worth of cosmetics from a Panorama City store. Maria Christina Torres, 39, a Colombian national, was convicted by a Van Nuys Municipal Court jury Tuesday of one count of misdemeanor petty theft stemming from an Aug. 23 incident at a CVS Drugstore.
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June 28, 1988
A Topanga Canyon woman accused of placing a golf ball-sized chunk of cocaine in her daughter's school backpack June 13 was released on $100,000 bail Monday by a U.S. District Court judge. Maria Christina Torres, 39, a Colombian citizen, had been held by federal authorities on an alleged parole violation related to the drug charges, which are pending in state court. U.S. District Judge A. Andrew Hauk set Torres' bail and scheduled a hearing on the violation July 11.
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July 7, 1988
Over the objections of prosecutors, a Van Nuys Municipal Court commissioner Wednesday lowered bail for a Topanga Canyon woman whose 7-year-old daughter brought a golf ball-sized chunk of cocaine to school where she and nine of her classmates tasted it. Commissioner Patricia Gorner Schwartz lowered bail for Maria Christina Torres from $100,000 to $25,000. Torres pleaded not guilty before Schwartz to one count each of possession of cocaine for sale and felony child endangering.
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April 27, 1998 | ALLISON COHEN
The Los Angeles Unified School District Honor Marching Band and about 300 other student musicians, actors and dancers will perform at the fourth annual Youth at the Greek music festival Wednesday at the Greek Theatre.
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May 16, 1989 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
A Topanga Canyon woman charged with hiding cocaine in her daughter's backpack testified Monday that the drug belonged to a man who had borrowed her car, and that items police called drug paraphernalia were actually harmless household goods. Maria Christina Torres, 40, said the borrower had admitted to her that he had secreted the cocaine in the book bag, which was in the car when she loaned it to him the day before the drug was found. Although Torres did not identify the man, defense attorney Richard A. Walton said in an interview that he expected the name to emerge during cross-examination of the defendant today by Deputy Dist.
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August 23, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A 39-year-old Topanga Canyon woman accused of placing a golf ball-sized chunk of cocaine in her 7-year-old daughter's backpack in June was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of possession of cocaine for sale. "It appears to this court that any amount of cocaine . . . is sufficient to endanger the life of a child or an adult," said Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Robert H. Wallerstein. He ordered Maria Christina Torres to stand trial on an additional count of felony child endangering.
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June 15, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
The mother of a 7-year-old girl was arrested for placing a golf ball-sized chunk of cocaine in the backpack of her daughter, who sampled it with friends during their lunch period at a San Fernando Valley school, authorities said Tuesday. Nine students at Canoga Park Lutheran School, who told teachers they tasted the substance out of curiosity Monday, were taken to a hospital after it was found to be cocaine.
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June 17, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
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 after she was accused of 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 5-year-old son.
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June 16, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A woman who was arrested after her 7-year-old daughter shared cocaine with schoolmates was previously charged with attempting to smuggle $146,000 in cash out of the country, drug possession and shoplifting. Maria Christina Torres, 39, a Colombian who lives in Topanga Canyon, was arrested Monday on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of cocaine.
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