SPANAWAY, Wash. – A Washington state mother gave her three small children “feel-good medicine” to help put them asleep, police say.
That “medicine” turned out to be heroin, according to investigators in Pierce County.
Ashlee Hutt, 24, faces three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, second-degree criminal mistreatment and second-degree child assault, according to the News Tribune.
4 Fast Facts
- Woman accused of giving children heroin as “feel-good medicine” so they would go to sleep
- Children were ages 2, 4 and 6
- Police removed them from a home in November 2015
- The woman’s boyfriend is also charged in the case
Her boyfriend, Mac McIver, 25, faces the same charges.
According to court documents, investigators from Child Protective Services removed three children, ages 2, 4, and 6, from their home on Nov. 15, 2015. Investigators found dangerous conditions inside the residence, including needles and rat droppings.
Investigators noticed puncture marks and bruising on the children that appeared to be consistent with heroin injection. They talked to the oldest child a month later. He described being injected with “feel-good medicine,” telling investigators that his parents mixed a white powder with water and then injected him and his sisters so they’d go to sleep.
Testing showed traces of low levels of heroin in two of the children, KIRO reported. One of the children tested negative for the drug.
During interviews with CPS, Hutt and McIver said they were heroin addicts and admitted that other people in their home sometimes used the drug. The children are now in foster care, police said.