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Date Posted: 14:12:15 12/26/02 Thu
Author: MV Renee
Subject: Missed Holiday Gift #1

Girl, 4, brings teacher a gift of marijuana, report filed with Social Services

(12-11) 06:12 PST HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) --

The Department of Social Services is looking into a possible case of child abuse after a 4-year-old girl brought her teacher a small bag of marijuana as a gift.

When Head Start Early Childhood Center teacher Iris Galvez asked where she got the gift Monday, the girl said she got it "from her mommy," according to a police report obtained by the Union-News of Springfield.

The girl's mother, Shelin Colon, 32, said she doesn't have any drugs in the house and doesn't know where the girl might have gotten the marijuana, police said.

No charges have been filed.

A report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been filed with Social Services, a department spokesman said.

Suzanne L. Parker, deputy director of the area Head Start program, declined to comment.

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