Police in Washington state had heard rumors about 24-year-old Ashlee Hutt and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Leeroy “Mac” McIver, who were responsible for raising three kids ages 2,4 and 6. They quickly and quietly built up a case that would allow them to see the children. When they did, they immediately arrested the couple and place the kids with child protective services.
The police found where the couple had been injecting their kids with heroin at night to put them to sleep. I guess they weren’t the read them a book and sing them a lullaby type of parents. The police are calling it the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen. Hutt and her boyfriend were both arrested. They have pleaded not guilty and are in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
“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.
One time, the 6-year-old said, he was forced to take the powdered drug after McIver choked 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 this young couple injected the children with heroin, a highly addictive and dangerous substance that could cause them to become addicted later in life.