(DailyMail) – A young mother and her boyfriend have been charged with injecting her three children with heroin and telling them it is ‘sleeping juice’ in their squalid home.
Ashlee Hutt, 24, is accused of plying her two daughters and son, aged six, four and two, with the drug at their house in Spanaway, Washington.
Her boyfriend, 25-year-old Leeroy ‘Mac’ McIver, is also accused of drugging the children.
Police discovered the children living among rat droppings and dirty needles when they visited the house last year after being alerted to the situation by one of the couple’s friends.
The children were all removed in November last year, six months after CPS launched an investigation into their care, Kiro 7 reported.
Child Protection Service officers noticed scratches, bruises and markings on the two-year-old girl’s body which suggested she had been injected with the drug.
They interviewed her older brother who described how his mother and her boyfriend would ‘mix white powder with water’ and inject them with it.
On one occasion the boy said he was given the drug after being choked by McIver.
He said he and his siblings would fall asleep afterwards and that his mother referred to it as ‘feel good medicine’ and ‘sleeping juice’, The News Tribune reported.
They found traces of heroin in the two-year-old girl’s hair follicles after she had been removed from the house.
Another one of the children tested positive for the drug but one did not. Hutt was arrested on November 12, 2015, when officers visited the home. Continue Reading