Mother Arrested After 2-Year-Old Tests Positive For Meth

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The woman, 20-year-old Kaitlyn Ecker, was arrested this past Thursday (April 12).

This is not the first story of alleged child abuse to gain viral attention in recent days.

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said authorities had been investigating Ecker since January 12 after someone reported that Ecker allowed her toddler to do drugs. She admitted to smoking marijuana as recently as the night before, but away from the child.

She was jailed under a $30,000 bond and told police she had a history of drug use including heroin and opioid pills, according to KTVQ.

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.

Authorities took a blood and hair sample from both Ecker and the 2-year-old the date of the arrest and on March 15, investigators received the toxicology results.

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

Multiple witnesses say Ecker kept drugs inside the home, and had heard Ecker allowed the two-year old child to smoke meth with a pipe.

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Readings also indicated the child was exposed to the drugs a lot of times or at least on more than one occasion.

She had been working with infants at the time of her arrest and had been employed full time at the facility for three years. Additionally, Ecker 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.

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. 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 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.

On Thursday, authorities made the decision to arrest her and charge her.

According to KRTV, Heinz was interviewed by police where she admitted to constructing the area underneath the cabinet for her breaks.

It is unclear if Ecker is the child's mother.

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