Bath Salts Becoming A Problem In Batavia

July 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM EDT

BATAVIA, NY (WKBW-TV) - 24-year-old Ashley Keene is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child after police say she used bath salts with a 14-year-old girl who was over at their house babysitting her children.

The victim's mother spoke to our ABC affiliate in Rochester about what happened last May.

"I trusted these people, they wanted my daughter to babysit for them and I said OK," said the mother.

Her daughter tells police Ashley Keene showed her how to snort bath salts.

"...and so she goes it's OK it can't hurt me because it's caffeine powder it's like the drink and obviously it's not, it's worse," the mother said.

Batavia Police Detective Rich Sachauf, "no matter how it gets ingested it leads to episodes that alarm people where the police get involved and then people have to deal with the aftermath."

President Obama signed legislation into law Monday that adds bath salts and other synthetic drugs to the controlled substances list.