A California high school employee has been jailed for stealing snack money from a disabled student.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge James Cloninger sentenced Kristen Rene Santoyo on Tuesday to six months in jail, followed by three years' probation. She was also pay $285 restitution to the student.

The student's parents put $5 a day in her lunch box along with her food. The money was for snacks, but her parents say she came home from Camarillo High School hungry.

The 37-year-old Oxnard woman earlier pleaded guilty to felony petty theft and misdemeanor cruelty to a child by inflicting injury. Defense attorney James Harmon says Santoyo took the money to feed a methamphetamine habit.