Couple Face Child Endangerment Charges in Student Pot Case

Deputies arrest woman and the father of a boy who they say admitted to getting pot from his dad's backyard pot plants

By Jason Kandel
|  Friday, Nov 8, 2013  |  Updated 10:34 AM PDT
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A couple was arrested after an elementary school student found with marijuana told officials he got the pot from his father's plants in their backyard, deputies said on Friday.

The incident happened on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. when a deputy responded to an elementary school in the Riverside County community of Good Hope on a call of an 8-year-old student with marijuana, officials said in a press release.

The student told officials he got the pot from plants that his father had been growing in their backyard, officials said.

When deputies arrived at the Pepper Drive home, they saw the student’s father in the driveway with multiple marijuana plants in the bed of his truck.

Rafael Lopez, 38, and Yadria Lopez, 30, were booked into custody of cultivation of marijuana and child endangerment, officials said.

Child protective services respond to take custody of the four children at the home.

Anyone with further information about the case is encouraged to contact Deputy Hephner at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-245-3300, or after hours at 951-776-1099.

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