PUBLISHED: 10:31 EST, 23 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:43 EST, 23 May 2012
A six-year-old’s show-and-tell presentation has led to a father’s arrest on felony drug charges after 80 grams of marijuana and a scale were pulled from a backpack.
Larry Cornelius Stephens, 25, of St Petersburg Florida, is accused of placing the drugs in his kindergartener’s bag before dropping the child off at Campbell Park Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
Once discovering the bag’s contents, the child, who was described as beaming by the teacher, presented it saying, ‘Look what I got!’ according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Busted: Larry Cornelius Stephens, 25, was arrested on felony drug charges after placing 80 grams of marijuana and a scale in his six-year-old’s school backpack
That teacher immediately called police.
Realizing his mistake, Stephens returned to the school minutes later telling someone he needed the marijuana back to ‘take care of his business and take care of his family,’ according to police.
Unsuccessful, Stephens turned himself into police that afternoon on charges of child abuse and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
‘We think he claimed responsibility so that we knew it did not belong to his child,’ police spokesman Bill Proffitt told the Times.
Stashed: After dropped off at school and discovering the drugs inside, the kindergartener allegedly showed them to a teacher like a show and tell item
Confiscation: Realizing his mistake, Stephens allegedly returned to Campbell Park Elementary School asking for the drugs back to care for his business and family
The child, whose name and gender has not been released, is currently in the mother’s care.
Stephens’ arrest is 72 days after his release from prison on charges of cocaine possession and sale in 2010.
He has also faced previous charges of domestic battery and carrying a concealed weapon according to the Times.
By Tuesday night he had been released on bail.
Some of his family members are calling the whole thing a big misunderstanding.
Innocent: One of Stephens’ cousins pictured said he’s innocent and the bag containing the drugs was left in Stephens’ car after giving someone a ride
Good dad: Another cousin of Stephens, pictured, said he’s a good dad who wouldn’t do what he’s accused of. Stephens was recently released from prison for cocaine charges
‘He’s innocent, man. A simple mistake, man. He gave someone a ride last night and that was it, man. That was it,’ a man only identified as Stephens’ cousin told WTSP.
‘The bookbag was left in the car, he gave somebody a ride and that was it, man,’ he said.
Another cousin arguing Stephens’ innocence insisted he’s a good dad.
‘I never thought that that would happen because he, I know that he would never do nothing like that,’ the unidentified woman told WTSP.