One Washington state mother wanted her children to fall asleep. So instead of teaching them the 4-7-8 method or boiling them some banana tea, she injected her three children with heroin because it worked faster. And she felt no regret about doing it.
24-year-old Ashlee Hutt and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Leeroy “Mac” McIver were in charge of raising three children ages 6, 4, and 2. But instead of doing their best, they injected them with heroin on multiple occasions because it was the easiest way to shut them up for the night.
When the police learned the shocking truth, they admitted it was one of the worst cases of child abuse they’ve ever come across. And now Hutt and her boyfriend are awaiting trial for their crimes…
“Some of the statements they made were very disturbing about how they would get sleeping juice to go to sleep and it was injected to them by needle,” Detective Ed Troyer told KIRO.
When the police finally confronted the family about their drug abuse, the 6-year-old told them with a straight face that their mom would often give them “feel good medicine” to help them fall asleep and calm down.
Authorities were baffled. They asked the boy to describe this “medicine.” He said it was a white powder that his mom mixed with water. She heated it up on a metal spoon and then injected it into him and his siblings with the family syringe.
The boy said that Hutt and McIver used a needle to “inject the ‘feel good medicine’ into him and his sisters.” It wouldn’t take long before they felt euphoric and fell asleep. He doesn’t know where his mom and her boyfriend went after they had been drugged.
Child Protective Services became involved with the police and immediately noticed strange markings and bruises on the children’s limbs. The 2-year-old girl had red marks and bruises that suggested she had often been injected with a needle. CPS had never seen anything like it before…
One time, the 6-year-old said, he was forced to take the powdered drug after McIver chocked him one time. He was a “bad boy” and needed to “go to sleep”.
Hutt and McIver have been charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, second-degree criminal mistreatment, and second-degree child assault. These charges seem much too lenient given the fact that these young couple injected the children with heroin, a highly addictive and dangerous substance that could cause them to become addicted later in life.
Hutt’s children have been taken away from her. They are now in the foster care system.
Both Hutt and McIver pleaded not-guilty to the charges. They are being held on $100,000 bonds and are still rotting behind bars.
According to Detective Troyer, the children are “doing well” in their new homes.
Heroin ruins lives. When parents abuse the drug around their children, which has been happening a lot in Ohio recently and other parts of the country – children lose their parents. They are so high they can’t function. And these children are forced to watch their parents lose themselves. It is torture.
How should Ashlee Hutt and her boyfriend be punished?