Mother charged with giving Percocet to 9-month-old allowed to visit

OLYMPIA - A 20-year-old mother charged with three felonies for allegedly placing a Percocet pill in her 9-month-old daughter's formula bottle will be allowed to have two visits a week with her daughter under the supervision of Child Protective Services, a judge ordered Thursday.

Aliese Marie Gatlin has entered not-guilty pleas to unlawful distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 18, third-degree assault of a child and second- degree criminal mistreatment.

Gatlin is out of custody as she awaits disposition of the charges.

Under an order entered Thursday by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor, Gatlin may have two visits a week with her now-1-year-old daughter, but those visits “must be supervised by an adult approved by CPS at a location approved by CPS.”

Tabor’s order continues, “Visits cannot take place at a relative’s home and must take place at a DSHS (Washington Department of Social and Health Services) facility.”

Gatlin’s court-appointed attorney, James Shackleton, said Thursday that the conditions imposed on Gatlin’s visits with her daughter are very strict. He added that the order allowing Gatlin to visit with her daughter are in line with an earlier recommendation made by Family and Juvenile Court.

“My client very much loves her daughter,” Shackleton said. “And she wants to be the best parent possible.” He added that Gatlin wants to work with authorities so she can be reunited with her child. According to court papers, Gatlin has admitted she placed a Percocet pill in her daughter’s formula Oct. 22, because the baby was “cranky as hell” and would not sleep.

Gatlin, who was at home with the baby in the 8500 block of Joyce Court in Yelm, called 911 after the baby “started to make gurgling noises and would not wake up,” court papers state.

The baby was flown to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma because she had stopped breathing, court papers state.

“The victim was in such a state that the medics had to insert a line directly into the baby’s bone marrow as the baby’s veins were in such a state of collapse,” court papers state.

The baby was later released from the hospital, Lt. Chris Mealy of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has said. Shackleton did not have any new information Thursday about the baby’s condition.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Skinder could not be reached for comment Thursday.