Parents “injected kids with heroin” and called it “feel good medicine”
A man and woman are accused of injecting children with heroin to put them to sleep
24-year-odl Ashlee Hutt and her 25-year-old boyfriend Leroy McIver told the kids aged two, four and six-years, that they were being injected with “sleeping juice” and “feel good medicine”.
Investigators found the children, who were living in a home filled with rat droppings and drug needles, had puncture marks and bruising consistent with needle injections on their bodies.
According to reports, tests found low levels of heroin in two of the children, while the third tested negative.
Charges: Ashlee Hutt, 24, injected heroin into her children ages 2, 4, & 6. They reportedly called it "feel good medicine" pic.twitter.com/00zyAqeVOm— Kevin McCarty (@KevinKIRO7) October 31, 2016
Hutt and McIver were arrested after someone called Child Protective Services (CPS) claiming they saw her inject her kids.
The local Sherriff’s department spokesman for Spanaway in Washington, US said:
"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."
The six-year-old boy told officers that "his mom and dad" gave him "feel good medicine" with a needle and described the substance as a "a white powder which was mixed with water".
The boy also claimed he was injected after he was choked by McIver.
Ashlee Hutt and Leroy McIver
Investigators found marks, bruising and cuts on the younger girl’s body which were indicative of heroin injections.
Heroin was detected in the two-year-old girl after one of her hairs was tested.
The parents admitted to being heroin addicts and talked about other people at their house using heroin, according to reports in the News Tribune.
Both have pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree child assault, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under 18, and second-degree criminal mistreatment.
They remain in custody at the Pierce County Jail. A trial has been set for the 20th of December.