Junkie Mom Shot Up Children With Heroin To Help Them Sleep
The parents called the drug “feel good medicine” and “sleep juice” before sticking the needle in their toddlers' arms.
One of the worst aspects of drug addiction is its collateral damage; not only does it destroy the lives of those infected with the disease, but it also wreaks havoc on those closest to them. The three young children of Ashlee Hutt and Leroy McIver are among its victims. Hutt is currently on trial after authorities learned she had injected them with heroin to help them sleep, calling it “feel good medicine” and “sleep juice.” The children are ages 2, 4 and 6.
Neighbors say the police visit Hutt and McIver’s house on a regular basis, following up on a variety of complaints. McIver is currently in jail after being arrested on a bench warrant. Child Protective Services have visited before and said the house was littered with rat feces, dirty needles and other drug paraphernalia.
Someone, perhaps living with the couple, called authorities after seeing Hutt shot up her kids with the deadly drug. CPS began an investigation, speaking to the oldest child, a boy of 6, who confirmed the allegations and had low level traces of heroin in his blood. The children also had bruising and puncture wounds consistent with needle injections on their body.
The children were removed from the home in November 2015, after the allegations came to light. According to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Ed Troyer, “They’re in foster homes and they’re doing well,” said Troyer. Both Hutt and McIver have pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree child assault, delivery of a controlled substance to a person under 18 and child endangerment and remain in custody pending the outcome of the trial.
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