Hartford PD: Dad arrested after 6-year-old child brings marijuana to school


A 37-year-old man was arrested in Hartford Thursday after his 6-year-old child allegedly brought a bag of marijuana to school. 

Police say that at around 3:03 p.m., officers responded to the Global Communications Academy, at 85 Edwards Street, to investigate an incident involving a 6-year-old student in possession of a substance. 

When officers arrived, they learned that the child was seen showing friends in class a bag containing suspected marijuana. The bag was confiscated and both parents were notified. 

Jeffery Faniel (Hartford Police) 

According to police, the father of the child, identified as Jeffery Faniel Sr., then freely admitted that the marijuana was his and was arrested.  

Faniel was charged with risk of injury to a minor and possession of cannabis. 

The child was not harmed and SID and DCF were notified of the incident. 

Everyone was talking about it as they came out of the school Friday. Parents and students caught off guard.

Omayra Santiago is on the PTO At the school, and says the charges fit.

“It could have gotten passed on to another kid and you know something could’ve happened that could’ve been unfortunate.”

The Department of Children Services has been called to investigate the case.

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