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Cantonment mother arrested after deputies say her daughter brought cocaine to school

ESCAMBIA COUNTY - A Cantonment woman is accused of child abuse after deputies say her daughter showed up at school with cocaine in her backpack.

Shana Beck was arrested Monday and charged with felony child neglect without great bodily harm. Investigators say a teacher made the discovery at RC Lipscomb Elementary School on November 14.

The principal of the school, Susan Sanders, told deputies as school was letting out a teacher told her one of her students had a small bag of white powder in her backpack. The teacher said the student was crying when she showed her the baggie. The young girl told authorities Beck and a friend were in their car the night before when they dropped the bag of drugs and began frantically searching for it. The student said the baggie must have fallen into her open backpack.

Deputies say the white powder found inside field tested positive for cocaine.
   
Neighbors of Beck's say they believe she has three young daughters who they've seen playing and picking lemons in nearby yards.

"I'm not particularly surprised," said Brian Stanton, who lives up the street from Beck, "I've seen the kids unattended in the neighborhood, walkin' the streets at all hours of the night."

"They're outside doing something when you go by, they're always wavin' at you," said Rick West, another neighbor, "It's just I can't believe it."
   
The state Department of Children and Family Services is now investigation the incident.

Shana Beck was released from jail after appearing before a judge and posting a $2,500 bond. She's due back in court on December 23.