A Washington state couple could face decades in prison for allegedly injecting their three children with heroin.
Ashlee Hutt, 24, and Mac Leroy McIver, 25, face three felony counts each of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, criminal mistreatment, and assault of a child, CNN reported.
When administering the heroin, they told their kids it was “feel good medicine,” according to court documents.
Court documents say the parents admitted to state social workers that they used heroin, but blamed others when asked whether their children were injected with the drug.
Starting in May 2015, Child Protective Services (CPS) investigated Hutt and McIver’s alleged mistreatment of their six-year-old son and two- and four-year-old daughters.
During the course of the investigation, CPS determined on a home visit that the children were living in a hazardous household where other adults who lived there used heroin and left needles on the floor. Rat droppings were also common.
Once CPS decided to remove the children from the “abuse and neglect,” upon further examination of the children, CPS workers found marks, cuts, and bruises on the children’s arms.
On New Year’s Eve in 2015, the six-year-old boy told CPS workers that his parents gave him and his sisters what he called “feel good medicine” injected with a needle.
“He and his sisters usually go to sleep after getting the medicine,” the boy told a CPS worker, according to court documents.
Officials drug-tested the children and found heroin in the systems of the boy’s two younger siblings.
When CPS officials questioned McIver about whether he injected the children, he said that “the babysitter may be responsible.”
Ten months later, prosecutors pressed charges on the couple when they took McIver and Hutt into custody in September.
Hutt and McIver are being held on $100,000 bond each, according to Pierce County Corrections booking records.
Hutt has a court date scheduled for December 20, while McIver has a court date set for February 16, 2017.
The judge also issued a restraining order that prohibited both parents from contacting their children or being within 1,000 feet of their residences, schools, or future places of employment, citing a “serious and imminent threat” to the children.
All three children are in foster care.