Parents told police that they gave their newborn daughter a prescription pain medication to cover up the fact that she was born addicted to drugs.
According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a Utah couple, Colby Glen Wilde and Lacey Dawn Christenson, both in their late 20’s, gave their daughter Suboxone, a medication used for pain management and addiction treatment, on the day she was born.
Investigators soon came to the discovery that Christenson had been using heroin and other prescription pain medication heavily throughout her pregnancy, which resulted in her child being born addicted to the same drugs, said the press release.
The baby was born on April 9th at Utah Valley Hospital. Soon after the couple crushed up Suboxone pills and put them on the newborn’s mouth and gums when medical staff were out of the room. “According to the press release, informants told law enforcement that parents of drug-addicted babies sometimes do this to hide signs of addiction from hospitals” (Digital Team, 2017, n.p.).
The couple had not been arrested until late June. Wilde was taken into custody due to an incident at a local Walmart where he was accused of stealing. He was accompanied by Christenson, who was then arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Sheriff’s deputies said that when store employees and bystanders tried to catch Wilde, he gave his daughter to a complete stranger, ran to his car and started driving away.
Now that they are both in jail, the couple’s three other children have been taken into custody by the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. Their, now 3 month old, daughter was evaluated at the hospital; the other children went through drug testing as well. Deputies also obtained a search warrant for their house based on an anonymous tip from someone who had been caring for the couple’s pets while they were in jail.
“’Deputies discovered items of drug paraphernalia in many different areas of the home, including next to a baby bassinet, next to a child’s sippy cup, and others,’ said the press release” (Digital Team, 2017, n.p.). As a result, even more charges were piled onto the couple.
The pair was released from jail on the prior charges. However, deputies served another search warrant mid-July because “they had information that the parents were still doing drugs” (Digital Team, 2017, n.p.). When deputies showed up to do the second search warrant, they found Wilde there “actively smoking heroin” (Digital Team, 2017, n.p.), Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN.
“Christenson and Wilde were charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, use of heroin and methamphetamine, endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cash bail for the pair was set at $10,000. It wasn’t clear Monday if either one of them had an attorney” (Digital Team, 2017, n.p.).
Cannon revealed that the oldest child did not test positive for any drugs, however, the three younger ones did. They all tested positive for methamphetamines, but only the infant also tested positive for heroin and morphine. Cannon said Christenson was given morphine for her pain during her delivery causing the baby to tested positive.
“‘They were routinely exposed to secondhand smoke from [the parents’] smoking methamphetamines and heroin,’ Cannon said” (Digital Team, 2017, n.p.). Police said that they find it hard to believe that the other children were given drugs directly like their sister because their parents smoked drugs very frequently in their presence. It is more likely that the kids ingested secondhand smoke which then resulted in their drug tests coming up positive (Digital Team, 2017).
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