Authorities say a Florida mother let her 2-year-old child smoke meth and marijuana, possibly on multiple occasions.
Kaitlyn Ecker, 20, of Wakulla near the state's capital Tallahassee, faces a charge of child abuse. The toddler tested positive for both drugs at high enough levels to indicate to medical examiners it was not a one-time incident.
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.
“People ‘joked’ about the child’s ability to roll joints for (Ecker,)” WCSO wrote in its report. Others alleged Ecker let the child smoke meth out of a pipe.
Deputies searched her Crawfordville home on Jan. 19 and found pipes with marijuana and meth residue, grinders, a scale and a baggie of marijuana in a basket of children’s toys.
She was charged at the time with misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.
Investigators also took blood and hair samples to determine the drug use history of Ecker and her child. The results were returned mid-March.
“The toxicology results concluded that the 2-year old tested positive for both methamphetamine and amphetamine and the findings were ‘chronic’ rather than ‘acute,’” WCSO wrote.
Ecker told investigators she smoked marijuana and meth but denied doing so in the presence of her child. She also denied owning the pipes.
She also was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor in connection with a separate case.