Crawfordville woman accused of letting toddler smoke meth, marijuana

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

When faced with the charges, the woman confessed to coaxing her child into smoking meth and sometimes marijuana.

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

The investigation began months ago in January after multiple witnesses told police they saw Ecker smoke marijuana with her child.

Kaitlyn Ecker was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor, the Miami Herald reported.

While being interviewed by detectives, Heinz admitted that she had a history of drug use, including heroin and opioid pills, having been at the Methadone Clinic in 2013, stopping sometime around a year ago.

A report noted that people "joked" about the toddler's ability to roll joints for the mother, while others claimed that Ecker forced her child to smoke meth from a pipe.

On January 19, 2018, detectives executed a search warrant at Ecker's residence, located on Card Lane in Crawfordville.

Authorities also reported finding a tube filled with crystals analysis later determined to be meth. The two glass pipes tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the cops.

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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.

That led them to conduct toxicology tests on both Ecker and the 2-year-old child, who was not identified by name by police. 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". She was booked into Wakulla County Jail.

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.

Police said the mother admitted to smoking both drugs, but denied doing so in front of her child.

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

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

"During that time neither parent took the child to immediate emergency care".

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