A 24-year-old woman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree child assault and child endangerment after she was accused of injecting heroin into her children.
Ashlee Hutt, and her boyfriend, Leroy "Mac" McIver, 25, allegedly gave their children, a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl, calling it, according to the statement given by the oldest, “feel-good medicine” or “sleep juice.”
“The kids lived in deplorable conditions," Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Detective Ed Troyer told The Washington Post. "It wasn't a good living situation, even without the issue of heroin. We unfortunately find kids living in deplorable conditions all too often, but we don't see parents intentionally putting drugs into kids.”
The case came to light after child protection services found injection marks and bruising on the youngest of the children.
KIRO 7 reports the children were discovered in a squalid home south of Tacoma where investigators found narcotics, needles and rat droppings.
Tests performed on the three siblings two months after they were taken into protective custody.
“The 6-year-old tested negative for heroin; the 4-year-old had heroin in her system but not enough to result in a positive test; the 2-year-old tested positive for the drug,” according to the results.
They are now in foster homes and are “doing well.”
Meanwhile, McIver and Hutt remain jailed and are both being held on $100,000 bail.
Epidemic of drug addict parents has been sweeping the United States lately. A woman overdosed and fell unconscious while shopping with her 2-year-old daughter in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Another couple lost consciousness while driving a car with a 4-year-old child in the backseat.
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