A Wakalla woman from the US has been arrested after her two-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamines and cannabis. Findings which investigators say reflect prolonged abuse and neglect.
20-year-old Kaitlyn Ecker has been arrested and charged with child abuse over the incident, but has also been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor in relation to a separate incident. Police have also revealed that the tests performed confirmed that the drug-levels in the child’s bloodstreams were in high enough quantities that it could not have just been a single incident.
The Wakalla County Office Sheriff revealed that the investigation began after rumours began circulating about Ecker and the child. “People ‘joked’ about the child’s ability to roll joints for [Ecker],” the office wrote. Other rumours mentioned also stated that Ecker let the child smoke meth out of a pipe. When police arrested Ecker they found pipes with both cannabis and meth residue, a scale, herbal grinders, and a bag of cannabis in a basket full of the child’s toys. At the time Ecker was arrested for drug charges but police took hair and saliva samples from the child to test the veracity of the rumours.
Because our hair grows over a period of weeks it can allow experts to examine what drugs were present in our bloodstream over a longer period of time. In this case it confirmed the worst.
“The toxicology results concluded that the 2-year old tested positive for both methamphetamine and amphetamine and the findings were ‘chronic’ rather than ‘acute’,” wrote the Sheriff in their report. Ecker denied this claim as well as ownership of the drug paraphernalia, but she did admit to smoking meth and cannabis in front of her child.
Earlier this month a mother and father were arrested after they neglected their daughter for 22 hours during a meth binge. When they awoke their 3-year-old daughter was dead. Coroners confirmed that the girl had died of a meth overdose. A fact which the coroner believes makes the girl the youngest meth overdose in US history. Both parents were adamant the child could not have reached their meth but police have charged them anyway given evidence of prolonged abuse and drug use.