Ashlee Hutt is accused of giving her three young children heroin injections to make them “feel good.” The 24-year-old Spanaway, Washington, woman is now facing charges of assault of a child, criminal mistreatment, and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18.
As reported by KIRO 7 News, Child Protective Services launched an investigation into Ashlee Hutt and her boyfriend Leroy “Mac” McIver in May 2015. Amid the investigation, social workers visited the home and interviewed Hutt’s three children — who were 6, 4, and 2 years old.
Social workers who visited the home reportedly found evidence of frequent heroin use inside Ashlee Hutt’s home. As reported by the Washington Post, “Aluminum foil rolls and cooker heroin were observed in the bedroom on the dresser next to the bed… multiple individuals lived at the resident and everyone was using heroin.”
Daily Mail reports the social workers also found evidence that the home was infested with vermin.
During one of the interviews, Ashlee Hutt’s 6-year-old son revealed that his mother and her boyfriend routinely gave him and his sisters heroin injections, which they referred to as “sleeping juice” or “feel good medicine.” The boy also said he and his sisters were physically abused by their mother’s boyfriend.
According to a police affidavit, two of the children’s hair follicles tested positive for heroin. Although the third child had trace amounts of a substance believed to be heroin in his or her hair follicles, there was not enough to conclusively identify the substance.
Authorities confirmed all three of Ashlee Hutt’s children had bruises and scratches that were consistent with heroin injections.
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
Following the conclusion of their investigation, Child Protective Services removed all three children from the home and placed them in foster care. According to reports, the children are currently “doing well.”
In September, Leroy “Mac” McIver was arrested and charged with three counts of assault of a child in the second degree, three counts of criminal mistreatment in the second degree, and three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18. According to court records, he pleaded not guilty and a jury trial is scheduled to begin on February 16, 2017.
Charges against Ashlee Hutt were also filed in September, and include three counts of assault of a child in the second degree, three counts of criminal mistreatment in the second degree, and three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18. She was arrested on a warrant on Monday and pleaded not guilty during her arraignment. According to court records, Hutt is scheduled to appear for a jury trial on December 20.
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Ashlee Hutt and Leroy “Mac” McIver are both being held on $100,000 bond pending trial. They are both prohibited from having any contact with the victims.
Unfortunately, Ashlee Hutt’s children are not alone in their suffering due to a parent’s drug addiction.
In recent weeks, law enforcement agencies in several states have photographed parents and grandparents passed out in their vehicles following heroin injections. The photos were specifically disturbing, as small children were inside the vehicles when the adults lost consciousness.
Most recently, 25-year-old Erika Hurt was found passed out in the driver’s seat of her car with a used needle in her hand. According to reports, the young mother overdosed on a heroin injection while her 10-month-old son was secured in the back seat.
The Washington Post reports that authorities managed to revive Erika with two Narcan injections. However, she was arrested and charged with child endangerment. Her son was removed from her care and was placed in a foster home.
Although all three of Ashlee Hutt’s children recovered from their heroin injections, it is unclear whether they will suffer any psychological damage from the abuse.
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