Crawfordville woman accused of letting toddler smoke meth, marijuana

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

She was charged at the time with misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

Kaitlyn Ecker, 20, was arrested April 12, 2018 on charges of child abuse, lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor.

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.

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.

The sheriff's office says Ecker admitted to smoking marijuana as recently as the night before, but away from the child. While executing a search warrant on January 19, detectives found drug paraphernalia.

During the search, detectives found meth residue inside two glass pipes.

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Ecker was arrested on January 19 for possession of marijuana.

At the beginning of January, the deputies launched a child abuse investigation in Ecker's case after learning that the woman might force her 2-year-old toddler to consumed risky narcotics.

The report found that the toddler tested positive for "chronic" use of both methamphetamine and amphetamine. The tests concluded it likely wasn't a one-time event, either. In addition, although most presume that the child discovered in Ecker's home is her daughter, the authorities are still trying to determine the nature of the relationship between the Florida woman and the 2-year-old baby.

Kaitlyn Ecker denied smoking or ingesting drugs in front of the child.

Authorities also reported finding a tube filled with crystals analysis later determined to be meth. She further denied giving her child any meth or marijuana. She denied knowing that the two-year-old had been exposed to drugs.

It's unclear if Ecker has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. The report noted that the Wakulla County Sheriff's Department had been investigating the mother for several months after they toddler had been given drugs.

Autumn Heinz, 30, was a daycare worker for three years at a YMCA in Missoula, Montana before she was arrested.

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