SEATTLE (CNN) – A mother accused of a horrific crime against her children faced a judge on Monday.
Prosecutors say she injected three of her young children with heroin. Her youngest child is just 2 years old.
Investigators say she used the drug to make her children go to sleep.
The father of those kids was jailed in September in connection with this case, but their mother spent months hiding from the law.
Now she faces charges she gave a dangerous and illegal drug to her own kids.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Ashlee Hutt and Leroy Mciver were found living with their three children in a home filled with rat droppings, drug needles, and heroin.
Investigators say someone in the home notified Child Protective Services (CPS) after seeing the 24-year-old Hutt inject her children ages six, four, and two with heroin.
“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,” PCSD Detective Ed Troyer said.
The affidavit states the six-year-old, identified only as S.S., told investigators his mom and dad give him and his sisters the “feel good medicine”, which he described as a white powder mixed with water.
S.S. stated after that, the three would go to sleep.
Testing showed traces of low levels of what was believed to be heroin in two of the children.
“I didn’t know that was going on over there, they’re so many reports, it’s hard to keep track of everything,” Donald Tiedt, a neighbor, said.
Tiedt lives hear the Spanaway home where Hutt was arrested after failing to show up to face charges in September.
He says sheriff’s deputies come to the residence on a regular basis.
Hutt’s children were taken away in November 2015 while CPS conducted its investigation.
“They’re in foster homes and they’re doing well,” Troyer said.
Both Hutt and Mciver face charges of supplying a controlled substance to a person under 18, child endangerment and child assault.
Both pleaded not guilty and remain behind bars.