Parkland dad who exposed kids to heroin is sentenced

A Parkland man accused of exposing his young children to heroin has been sentenced.

Mac Leroy McIver, 27, pleaded guilty to third-degree child assault Friday as part of negotiations with Pierce County prosecutors.

Superior Court Judge Garold Johnson gave him a high-end sentence of eight months.

The children were 6, 4 and 2 when they were removed from their parents’ home in November 2015, after investigators said they found heroin and rat droppings there.

The oldest child described the parents injecting the children with “feel good medicine,” and state Child Protective Services workers found marks on the youngest child’s body that indicated heroin injection, according to charging papers.

McIver’s attorney, Bryan Hershman, said there was evidence the children had been exposed to the drug, but that nothing else — such as ingestion of the drug— could be confirmed.

He said McIver is “very remorseful, and has a good plan to maintain sobriety.”

The children’s mother, 25-year-old Ashlee Hutt, pleaded guilty to the same charge as McIver earlier this month, and was sentenced to three months.

A relative has been caring for the children.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell