Mum 'injected her three kids with heroin to make them go to sleep'

A mum injected her three young children with heroin to make them go to sleep, a court heard.

Ashlee Hutt is accused of giving her kids - aged two, four and six - the class A drug.

The youngsters told police their parents would give them "feel-good medicine" or "sleeping juice".

Hutt and the children's father Leroy McIver were found living with them in a house filled with drug needles and rat droppings in Pierce County, Washington.

Tests showed traces of low levels of what is believed to be heroin in two of the children.

The children have since been put in foster care.

McIver has already been jailed for 18 months for supplying a controlled substance to a person under 18, child endangerment and assault.

Hutt appeared in court separately after spending months hiding from the law.