Mom and Dad Charged for Allegedly Giving Their Children Heroin, Calling It 'Feel Good Medicine'
by Maya Chung5:01 PM EDT, November 1, 2016
Two Washington State parents have been arrested for allegedly giving their kids heroin, according to reports.
Ashlee Hutt, 24, and Leroy Mclver, 25, have both been charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, second-degree criminal mistreatment and second-degree child assault, according to records.
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The mom and dad were reportedly found living with their kids — ages 6, 4, and 2 — in a house filled with heroin, drug needles, and rat droppings.
According to a police report, someone in the home contacted Child Protective Services (CPS), claiming they saw Hutt inject her children with the drug — which the parents allegedly called "feel good medicine."
“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 told KIRO7.
CPS reportedly began their investigation in May 2015 over a span of several months, and suspected that the parents gave heroin to all three children.
A probable cause affidavit states that the 6-year-old told CPS investigators, “his mom and dad give him and his sisters the 'feel good medicine,'" which “he described as a white powder which was mixed with water," and that his parents "used a needle to inject the 'feel good medicine' into him and his sisters."
Testing showed traces of heroin in two of the children, but in at least one case the level was below the threshold to confirm the drug was in the child’s body, according to KIRO7.
Puncture marks and bruising consistent with needle injections were also reportedly found on the children.
Police said both parents admitted to being heroin users.
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Hutt and McIver’s children were taken away in November 2015.
“They’re in foster homes and they’re doing well,” said Troyer.
Both parents have pleaded not guilty.
Mom and Dad Charged for Allegedly Giving Their Children Heroin, Calling It 'Feel Good Medicine' - Inside Edition