A 2-year-old from Wakulla, Florida, tested positive for both methamphetamine and marijuana, and police suspect the mother is behind the disturbing intoxication. Police arrested Kaitlyn Ecker, 20, on Thursday. She has been charged with child abuse. Additionally, on Thursday, she was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor in connection with a separate, unrelated case, according to police.
The investigation began months ago in January after multiple witnesses told police they saw Ecker smoke marijuana with her child. They said Ecker and her friends “joked” about the child’s ability to “roll joints” for her. Those same witnesses told police they heard that Ecker, an alleged meth user, also gave her child meth to smoke from a pipe.
Just a few days later, police executed a search warrant and confiscated glass pipes consistent with smoking meth from her residence in addition to marijuana paraphernalia. Police even found a plastic bag containing marijuana residue located within a basket containing children's toys. The two glass pipes tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the cops. Ecker was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia that day.
That very same day, police took a blood and hair sample from Ecker’s child, which were forwarded to a laboratory. In March, the toxicology results concluded that the toddler tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. The tests concluded it likely wasn’t a one-time event, either. Police said that the toxicology revealed “chronic” use, meaning that the child consumed the drugs on "several times or on one or more occasions."
Police said the mother admitted to smoking both drugs, but denied doing so in front of her child. Ecker allegedly claimed that she smoked weed recently, but that she hadn't smoked meth in months. She further denied giving her child any meth or marijuana. Additionally, Ecker denied owning the pipes.
It’s unclear if Ecker has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Jared Miller told Oxygen.com on Friday afternoon that the mother is still in jail awaiting her first appearance. According to her Facebook page, she works at a Walmart. Miller said that the child is in the care of other relatives at this time.
[Photo: Wakulla County Jail]
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