Florida woman accused of giving her child meth, pot

Florida woman accused of giving her child meth, pot

At the moment, the authorities have refused to disclose any details pertaining to Ecker's motive or what will happen to her child.

The investigation into Ecker started in January when the Wakulla County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office learned the child may have been involved with using both drugs. Kaitlyn Ecker was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse and booked into the Wakulla County Jail, authorities announced Friday.

Autumn Sienna Heinz, a Montana daycare worker who worked with infants, has been accused of smoking meth while on the job, using a "drug den" built below a cabinet. On January 19, detectives acted on a search warrant.

Investigators also took blood and hair samples to determine the drug use history of Ecker and her child. Police even found a plastic bag containing marijuana residue located within a basket containing children's toys.

During the search, detectives found meth residue inside two glass pipes. Other items found at the scene included small snort tubes, lighters, small black air filter and a battery powered light.

Ecker was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia on that date. However, the toxicology report ordered by the court revealed that the 2-year-old toddler tested positive for both meth and marijuana. The findings were reportedly "chronic" rather than "acute", meaning the child was exposed "several times or on one or more occasions". Moreover, she admitted to consuming pot the night before her interrogation and smoking meth months before her arrest. Additionally, Ecker also denied owning the pipes. She also denied ever smoking or ingesting drugs in the presence of the two-year old and denied any knowledge of the child being exposed to drugs.

The Wakulla Sheriff's office didn't go into detail about the relationship between the two-year-old and Kaitlyn Ecker.

Heinz told police she had refitted the cabinet as a place to "get away" during breaks but asked for an attorney when questioned about drugs, reported KULR. Earlier in the week, a Texas mother was charged with child abuse after her baby tested positive for amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, News Channel 6 Now reported.

It's unclear if Ecker has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.



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