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Another 13-Year-Old Turns In Parent

October 8, 1986

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) _ A teen-ager who read about another girl informing on her parents for drug abuse turned in her mother, sister, and two men who live in the house.

The three adults and the 17-year-old sister were booked for investigation of drug charges after officers allegedly found methamphetamines, marijuana, drug-producing equipment and three truckloads of stolen property at the house.

The 13-year-old girl, Jennifer Banks, was placed in a foster home.

Sutter County Community Services Officer John Summers said Tuesday she was feeling guilty and depressed, but that ″she said she just wants to get her mom off the stuff.″

Summers said in an interview with the Marysville Appeal-Democrat that he had previously counseled Jennifer about another family problem.

Summers said the girl called him Friday. He said he told her that her mother was certain to find out who turned her in.

″She (Jennifer) said, ’The only guarantee I want is that I don’t have to go home tonight because they’re going to be really angry,‴ Summers said.

Summers said he believed Jennifer confided in him because of the recent nationally publicized case of 13-year-old Deanna Young of Tustin in Orange County who turned in her parents for drug abuse.

Jennifer’s mother, Sandra Lee Banks, 32; Mitchell T. Gregg, 29; and Richard G. Daniel, 26, were booked for investigation of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana for sale and the manufacture of methamphetamine .

Jennifer’s sister was booked into Juvenile Hall for investigation of methamphetamine possession for sale and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

A judge is to determine after a juvenile hearing later this week whether Jennifer should remain in a foster home.

Court records show that Sandra Lee Banks had been previously convicted of writing bad checks, and that Gregg was on probation on drug charges.

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