Woman accused of letting toddler smoke meth, marijuana

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

Kaitlyn Ecker was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse and booked into the Wakulla County Jail, authorities announced Friday.

But she said did not admit to the meth use and requested them to find her a lawyer. On January 19, detectives acted on a search warrant.

With the assistance of Wakulla County Emergency Medical Service personnel, detectives collected a blood sample and hair sample from Ecker and the two-year old child. This led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

When authorities executed a search warrant on Ecker's home on January 19, they said they found several items "consistent with marijuana and methamphetamine use", including two glass methamphetamine pipes, each with residue inside; a plastic pill bottle converted into a handmade smoking device with burned residue; two marijuana grinders, one of which had marijuana inside; a digital scale; and a small plastic bag containing marijuana residue located within a basket containing children's toys.

At this time, she now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of risky drugs and criminal mischief, all three of which are considered felony charges.

Also, authorities found small snort tubes, lighters, an air filter and a battery powered light in the "drug den".

On March 15, 2018, detectives say the toxicology results concluded that the two-year old tested positive for both meth and amphetamine and the findings were "chronic" rather than "acute".

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There were several others who alleged Ecker let her toddler smoke meth out of a pipe.

Ecker denied ownership of the glass pipes located in her bedroom, but admitted to smoking methamphetamine approximately four months before.

The 30-year-old, who has been working at the YMCA for three years in the infant center, admitted to having a history of drug use with heroin and opioids.

The Wakulla Sheriff's office didn't go into detail about the relationship between the two-year-old and Kaitlyn Ecker.

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

Heinz told police she had refitted the cabinet as a place to "get away" during breaks but asked for an attorney when questioned about drugs, reported KULR.

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