Toddlers caught in the middle of father's alleged drug deal

by: David Ham Updated:

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SEATTLE - The father of 1- and 2-year-old children is in jail for allegedly trying to sell meth to an undercover Seattle police officer.

Detectives said his two children were in a stroller when the deal went down at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.

Paul Asher was thrown in jail and Child Protective Services handed the children over to their mother Sherron Yang.

Alyssa Wight is a former friend of Yang's and filed a complaint against her back in March.

"The kids were in imminent danger when I made the report last year.  She was breastfeeding the youngest under the influence," said Wight.

A spokesperson for CPS said she could not confirm any of the complaints as per the agency's policy because they don't involve a near fatal or fatal situation.

Yang does have a criminal history.

She was under supervision with the Department of Corrections from 2005 - 2011.

DOC said she was convicted of drug possession, criminal trespass, taking a motor vehicle without permission, possession of stolen property, and theft of a motor vehicle.

CPS said a parent's criminal history isn't enough to take a child away unless the charges are related to neglect or abuse.  A spokesperson added, "The goal is to keep families together."

Yang doesn't have a listed local address.  Friends believe she is homeless.

"I pray and hope for the kids’ sake that they get rescued," said Wight.

We tried to talk to Asher's mother at her house in Bremerton, but she wasn't home.

An online message to Yang asking if the children are OK has not been returned.

Asher is being held at the King County Jail on $25,000 bail.

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