Mother Charged After Toddler Tested Positive For Marijuana, Methamphetamine

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

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.

"People "joked" about the child's ability to roll joints for (Ecker, )" WCSO wrote in its report.

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.

A house search revealed that the woman had an impressive collection of drug paraphernalia.

Reports stated the police officials first searched Ecker's Crawfordville home January 19 and found several pipes that had marijuana and meth residue, grinders, a scale and a bag of weed in a basket that also held children's toys.

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

Kaitlyn Ecker was then placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Other items found at the scene included small snort tubes, lighters, small black air filter and a battery powered light. Those same witnesses told police they heard that Ecker, an alleged meth user, also gave her child meth to smoke from a pipe. Investigators said she also denied "ever smoking or ingesting drugs in the presence of the 2-year-old and denied any knowledge of the child being exposed to drugs".

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.

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. Earlier in the week, a Texas mother was charged with child abuse after her baby tested positive for amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, News Channel 6 Now reported.

According to KRTV, Heinz was interviewed by police where she admitted to constructing the area underneath the cabinet for her breaks. As of now, it's not clear if Kaitlyn Ecker has an attorney or if she still has custody of the two-year-old.

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