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Mother charged with injecting her young children with heroin so they would sleep

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(KIRO / CNN Newsource) A mother accused of injecting her own children with heroin faced a judge this week after spending months on the run.

Court papers state the children of Ashlee Hutt and Leroy McIver were found living with their three children in a Washington state home filled with rat droppings, drug needles and heroin.

Investigators said the children gave a horrifying account of what went on inside the home.

"Some of the statements they made were very disturbing about how they would get sleeping juice to go to sleep and it was injected to them by needle," said Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

The children, ages six, four and two, reported they were injected with 'feel-good medicine' to go to sleep. Testing showed low levels of heroin in two of the children. They were removed from the home in 2015.

McIver was jailed in September. Hutt was only recently arrested. They both face charges of supplying a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18, child endangerment and child assault. They both pleaded not guilty.

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