Couple Behind Bars After Cops Look At Their Kids' Arms
Kristin Danley 2/15/2017
A young mother from Parkland, Washington, was having difficulty getting her three little kids to go to bed. Instead of reading them a relaxing story or singing them to sleep, she did something unimaginable and horrific. Local police say it could be the worst case of child abuse they've ever seen.
Officers were called to the home to check on the welfare of the three young children living there, ages 2, 4 and 6 after Child Protective Services had been contacted by someone else with concerns about the children's well-being. Police found 24-year-old Ashlee Hutt and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Leroy "Mac" McIver, along with their three children surrounded by rat droppings, drug needles and heroin.
The children received regular visits from Child Protective Services after the oldest told a social worker that his father had choked him and his siblings several times. Officials also learned that the children received "feel good medicine" or "sleepy juice" at bedtime. Police weren't sure what the oldest child was talking about until he rolled up his sleeves.
It turns out Ashlee had been mixing their heroin with water, heating it up on a spoon and injecting it into her kids so they fell asleep quickly. After a closer look, officers noticed the children had injection marks with bruising, according to a court affidavit. KIRO-TV reported that all three children were immediately removed from the home and administered drug tests.
The two-year-old and four-year-old tested positive for heroin. The six-year-old tested negative at that time. The long-term effects of the highly addictive and deadly drug on the kids are unknown.
Police learned from the couple that not only did they use heroin in the home and in front of the children, so did another adult who had been in the home. Leroy attempted to blame a babysitter for what had happened, KIRO-TV reported.
Pierce County Sheriff Detective Ed Troyer told KIRO-TV that the children had been placed in foster homes while their parents were held on $100,000 bail each. Ashlee and Leroy were charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, second-degree criminal mistreatment and second-degree child assault. The couple pleaded not guilty.
"Some of the statements they made were very disturbing about how they would get sleeping juice to go to sleep and it was injected to them by needle."
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When interviewed by KIRO-TV, a neighbor of the family was shocked to learn that this had happened right next door to him. Most people are astounded that a mother and father would treat their children like this, choking and drugging them. Hopefully, the children have a second chance at a better life now that they are being cared for by others.