A Spanaway, Washington, mother is accused of giving her three young children heroin to put them to sleep.
In November 2015, 24-year-old Ashlee Hutt’s three children, aged 6, 4, and 2, were removed from the home she shared with her boyfriend, 25-year-old Leroy “Mac” McIver, by Child Protective Services because heroin was found in the home, as well as needles and rat droppings, The News Tribune reports.
Hutt’s then 6-year-old son said in an interview a month after being removed from the family's home that he had been choked by McIver and then injected with “feel good medicine.” He described how his parents would mix a white powder with water and then use a needle to inject it into him and his sisters.
“Some of the statements [the children] made were very disturbing about how they would get sleeping juice to go to sleep and it was injected into them by needle,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Ed Troyer said, according to KIRO.
The investigation into Hutt and McIver’s residence began when someone in their home contacted Child Protective Services because they allegedly saw Hutt inject her children with heroin.
Hutt’s 2-year-old daughter had marks, bruising, and cuts on her body that suggested she had been injected with the drug, The News Tribune reports.
A hair follicle test was performed on her two months after being removed from her parents home and it tested positive for heroin.
The other children also had signs of needle injections on their bodies, according to KIRO.
Hutt and McIver admitted to Child Protective Services that they are heroin addicts.
Both were charged Oct. 31 with three counts each of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, second-degree criminal mistreatment, and second-degree child assault, The News Tribune notes.
Hutt and McIver have both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Their children are currently living in foster homes, according to KIRO.
“They’re doing well,” Troyer said.