Two parents have been accused of injecting her three young children with heroin to put them to sleep in a home filled with rat droppings and drug needles.1scumAshlee Hutt, 24, and boyfriend Leroy McIver, 25, allegedly told the children – girls aged 2 and 4 and a boy aged 6 – that they were being injected with “sleeping juice” or “feel good medicine”.

Investigators said they found puncture marks and bruising consistent with needle injections on the children’s bodies after they were removed from the home. Tests allegedly found low levels of what was believed to be heroin in two of the children, while the third child tested negative.

Hutt and McIver were arrested after someone called Child Protective Services claiming they saw her inject her children with a drug at her home in Spanaway in the US state of Washington, the TV station Kiro 7 reported.  The six-year-old boy told investigators “his mom and dad” gave him “feel good medicine” with a needle, a probable cause affidavit revealed.  The boy described the “medicine” as “a white powder which was mixed with water” and then injected into them.  After being injected the children would go to sleep..

The children were removed from the home in November 2015 while child welfare officials investigated claims against the couple.  Both have pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree child assault, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under 18, and second-degree criminal mistreatment.  They remain in custody and a trial has been set for December