Utah parents give drugs to newborn in hospital

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Officials with the Sheriff's Office said in the news release that investigators found Suboxone, in both solid and crushed pill form, in the couple's home while executing a search warrant June 28.

Panicked Wilde grabbed the vehicle seat and tried to flee through another door.

Wilde admitted he first applied crushed Suboxone pills to the infant's gums in hospital the day she was born.

They admitted to giving the baby the drug under questioning.

The father dropped his two-month-old daughter in her auto seat twice while fleeing officers at a Walmart in Spanish Fork, a city around 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, after police were called to reports of a theft at the store.

She was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

"They administered the drug hours after baby was born", said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a Utah County Sheriff's spokesperson.

Confessing to their crime, the couple said they tried hiding the two-month-old baby's drug addiction from the nurses in the hospital where she was born.

Police said they obtained a search warrant on June 28 and found drug paraphernalia in many areas of the home, including next to a baby bassinet and a child's sippy cup.

Besides the newborn, Christenson's other three children, ages 8, 4 and 2, lived in the house with the couple, the Sheriff's Office said.

Suboxone is a medication used to treat pain, as well as to treat addiction to opiates.

An officer was able to stop Wilde in a nearby parking lot and took him into custody for drinking under influence, heroin, meth, drug paraphernalia and driving without insurance.

His 26-year-old common law wife Christenson waited inside the store with their two sons and one son she had from a previous relationship.

Investigators contacted the state's Division of Child and Family Services and placed the children in the custody of the oldest boy's father. The infant was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated according to the statement. That's when she noticed drug paraphernalia, and she notified the police.

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail.

The oldest boy, who is not Mr Wilde's son, is now in the custody of his biological father who is understood to now be caring for all four children.

The two younger boys and the infant girl all tested positive for methamphetamine. "[They] told investigators they talked to friends about how to mask signs of drug dependence in an infant, and that they discussed this issue with each other".

Police obtained a warrant to search the home, where they found paraphernalia scattered throughout the house. This resulted in her daughter being born already addicted to drugs. The infant girl also tested positive for heroin and morphine. Bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000.00 cash only.

Wilde fled the scene - after dropping a auto seat holding his infant child multiple times - but was arrested a short time later, according to police, who charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without insurance, theft and child abuse.

The parents were released on bail earlier but were later arrested again after Wilde was caught smoking heroin.



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