Cops: Grandma Put Drugs Inside Child’s Bookbag
MELBOURNE, Fla. — A Brevard County grandmother was arrested for allegedly trying to hide drugs in her 5-year-old granddaughter’s backpack during a police search. Melbourne police found prescription drugs and cocaine at the home on Steele Street, a house built by Habitat for Humanity.
Melbourne police looking for drugs found them stashed inside a child’s backpack, prescription pain pills, anxiety meds and even cocaine. Police say 47-year-old Kathleen Hobbs put the drugs in her granddaughter’s backpack to get them out of their house while police were raiding it.
“She wanted to make sure that evidence left the residence,” said Commander Ron Bell, Melbourne Police Department.
Melbourne police came to the home with a search warrant and said Hobbs asked officers if she could send her two grandchildren off to school before they searched the home. That’s when a narcotics officer said the woman placed the drugs into the backpack and put the backpack on the child.
If police hadn’t checked the backpack, the drugs would have made it into an elementary school.
“If the pills had been ingested by the kids, that could have been very serious,” Bell said.
Parents who live nearby were astounded.
“I think it’s terrible, a terrible, terrible thing,” resident Judi Greniei said.
Police couldn’t say who had regular custody of the children. Investigators say they notified the Department of Children and Families.
When WFTV went by the Habitat for Humanity home, the people inside shouted at WFTV not to show it.
An administrator for the charity said there are clauses in the mortgage that may allow the non-profit group to take back the home if the people living there are convicted on drug charges.
In addition to drug charges, Hobbs is accused of child neglect. She is scheduled to face a judge Thursday.