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Alternates: the Teacher let the 4-year-old only to buy marijuana

DAVENPORT, Florida. – Authorities say a Florida elementary school teacher left a 4-year-old child alone while they went to buy marijuana.

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release says the 26-year-old Marsha Dolce was Saturday arrested and charged with child neglect and marijuana possession.

Deputies responded to a Davenport apartment complex Saturday morning and found a 4-year-old child crying outside dressed in only a T-shirt and underwear. Dolce, who teaches the fourth grade at Laurel Elementary in Poinciana, eventually returned home and told deputies she had to help a friend with car problems.

Deputies reported finding marijuana in Dolce at home and text messages on her phone to know that she had gone out to the nearby Winter Haven hours earlier to buy the drug.

Child welfare officials removed the child from Dolce home.

The prison records are not a lawyer for Dolce.

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