Dallas 4-year-old brings crack cocaine to school

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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WFAA

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 5:17 PM

DALLAS - Around lunchtime Wednesday at Reconciliation Academy, a teacher noticed her four-year-old student with something unusual.

"The teacher noticed the child putting something in his pocket and said, 'Show me what is in your pocket,'" said Principal Michael Partain.

The child had what police say was crack cocaine.

"The student had a wrapped plastic package with a rubber band around it," Partain said.

Dallas police narcotics officers and Child Protective Services were called to the school to investigate. Police said the little boy told them the drugs belonged to his dad, Joshua Ruiz.

According to court documents, the child said, "He left it on the table in the living room. So he [said] he put the bag in his pocket and brought it to school."

Administrators do not believe any students ingested or used any drugs.

Police were sent to the child's home. They say they saw Ruiz put a black plastic bag in his car. He was pulled over and inside police say they found a box with more crack cocaine and heroin.

He was arrested for child endangerment, as was the child's mother, Christy Ruiz. Joshua Ruiz was also charged with the manufacure and delivery of both cocaine and heroin, which are both felonies.

Police said Christy Ruiz knew about the drugs and allowed it.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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