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.
Heinz originally told police she admitted to constructing the cabinet that would be deemed the "drug den", but said that it was meant for breaks, not admitting to using meth to investigators.
On January 19, 2018, detectives executed a search warrant at Ecker's residence, located on Card Lane in Crawfordville.
She was charged at the time with misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. She's also charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor. Officials found a glass pipe that appeared to contain meth residue and a plastic tube filled with white crystals, also testing positive for meth. The two glass pipes tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the cops.
KRTV reported that Autumn Sienna Heinz, 30, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of unsafe drugs and criminal mischief.
At the beginning of January, the deputies launched a child abuse investigation in Ecker's case after learning that the woman might force her 2-year-old toddler to consumed unsafe narcotics.More news: Gorilla Gives Birth to First Son Moke at Smithsonian Zoo
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The results of the blood and hair tests came back in March and showed that the 2-year-old child tested positive for both methamphetamine and amphetamine. The tests concluded it likely wasn't a one-time event, either.
Heinz allegedly retreated to this area to smoke meth, attempting to reduce the fumes with a nearby restroom ventilation fan. Police said the woman, 24-year-old Miranda Payne, admitted to smoking drugs around the 1-year-old.
When investigators questioned Ecker she accepted to smoking marijuana and meth but denied doing so in front of her child. She further denied giving her child any meth or marijuana. However, she denied knowing if the child had been exposed to drugs.
It is unclear if Ecker is the child's mother.
She had been working with infants at the time of her arrest and had been employed full time at the facility for three years.