April 11, 2012 12:00 AM

Supporting parents, children saves lives in the long run

My first assignment as a young deputy prosecutor was with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force. As a member of that unit, I often accompanied law enforcement when serving search warrants in drug investigations. While I saw many appalling situations, one in particular stands out in my memory. One day detectives served a search warrant at a house in Olympia where heroin was being used and sold. Amid the filth and chaos was a drug addicted mother and her three young daughters. Detectives found heroin and syringes lying out in the open and a machete under one girl’s bed. The girl told them that it was there to protect herself from, “mommy’s friends.” The mother was arrested and the girls taken into protective custody.

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