Woman accused of letting toddler smoke meth, marijuana

Mother accused of letting her 2-year-old smoke methamphetamine and marijuana	 	 	 			Kaitlyn Ecker

Mother accused of letting her 2-year-old smoke methamphetamine and marijuana Kaitlyn Ecker

A Florida woman was arrested Thursday after her 2-year-old child tested positive for methamphetamine.

On April 12, Ecker was charged with child abuse.

A child abuse investigation was first launched in January, when Wakulla County Sheriff's Office detectives looked into allegations that Ecker had involved the child in meth and marijuana use at her home.

There were several others who alleged Ecker let her toddler smoke meth out of a pipe.

While being interviewed by detectives, Heinz admitted that she had a history of drug use, including heroin and opioid pills, having been at the Methadone Clinic in 2013, stopping sometime around past year. Also found was a plastic pill bottle that was made into a makeshift smoking device and two grinders.

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KRTV reported that Autumn Sienna Heinz, 30, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of unsafe drugs and criminal mischief.

Authorities also executed a search warrant for a blood and hair sample from Ecker and the two-year-old child.

The report found that the toddler tested positive for "chronic" use of both methamphetamine and amphetamine.

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.

Sadly, the results indicated the two-year-old had been exposed to the drug on numerous occasions.

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

Police said the mother admitted to smoking both drugs, but denied doing so in front of her child. Additionally, on Thursday, she was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor in connection with a separate, unrelated case, according to police.

The employee reportedly said she saw Autumn Heinz, 30, hiding behind a cabinet in the laundry room with what appeared to be a meth pipe nearby. Ecker allegedly claimed that she smoked weed recently, but that she hadn't smoked meth in months.

The sheriff's office did not elaborate on the relationship between Ecker and the child, but The Miami Herald reported the 2-year-old was Ecker's daughter.

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