Mother Charged After Toddler Tested Positive For Marijuana, Methamphetamine

  • Mother Charged After Toddler Tested Positive For Marijuana, Methamphetamine

Mother Charged After Toddler Tested Positive For Marijuana, Methamphetamine

According to the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office, authorities started an investigation in January after receiving reports that 20-year-old Kaitlyn Ecker had let her 2-year-old child smoke marijuana and methamphetamine. A search in January turned up pipes that tested positive for marijuana and meth residue, along with other drug paraphernalia and a bag of marijuana found among children's toys.

With the assistance of Wakulla County Emergency Medical Service personnel, detectives collected a blood sample and hair sample from Ecker and the two-year old child. She is now facing charges of #Child abuse and currently remains in #Wakulla County Jail.

"People "joked" about the child's ability to roll joints for (Ecker, )" WCSO wrote in its report.

In addition to that, she was also charged with "lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor" in connection to a separate case.

Heinz originally told police she admitted to constructing the cabinet that would be deemed the "drug den", but said that it was meant for breaks, not admitting to using meth to investigators. The two glass pipes tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the cops. In March, detectives say they learned toxicology results concluded the 2-year-old tested positive for both methamphetamine and amphetamine.

At this time, she now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of unsafe drugs and criminal mischief, all three of which are considered felony charges.

Readings also indicated the child was exposed to the drugs a lot of times or at least on more than one occasion. Ecker allegedly claimed that she smoked weed recently, but that she hadn't smoked meth in months. However, she denied knowing if the child had been exposed to drugs. Additionally, Ecker also denied owning the pipes.

The 30-year-old, who has been working at the YMCA for three years in the infant center, admitted to having a history of drug use with heroin and opioids. However, The Miami Herald reported that the two-year-old is her daughter.

She was charged at the time with misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. As of now, it's not clear if Kaitlyn Ecker has an attorney or if she still has custody of the two-year-old.