Utah County parents arrested for giving drugs to newborn daughter

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Two Utah parents were arrested after police claimed they gave their newborn daughter drugs to hide that her mother continued using heroin and prescription pain medicine throughout her pregnancy, KUTV reported.

"It makes me sick to my stomach, for a number of reasons", said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a spokesperson for the Utah County Sheriff's, told CBS News.

Investigators learned that Christenson had been "heavily using heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy".

Authorities say it's common for parents of drug-addicted children to crush up methadone or Soboxone, drugs used to treat opioid addiction, and rub it into their gums - a method the couple used after apparently learning it from their friends.

A police press release reports: "They admitted that after their daughter was born on April 9, later that same day, Wilde applied some of the crushed Suboxone pills to the infant's gums while nurses and other medical staff were out of the room". The parents were administering Suboxone to the newborn, a drug used to cover up drug dependency.

"You've got an infant who can not do anything for herself, and the people who should be providing her nurture, and love, and care, are the ones who are harming their child", he said. The 29-year-old man had pinched items from a shelf and returned them to customer service, asking for a refund.

He was given cash for the items and left the store when employees confronted him about the alleged theft. Employees told police that Wilde entered the store with his 2-month-old daughter. Cannon said he ran into the sliding glass doors at the entrance of the store and dropped the auto seat - causing it and his daughter to roll several times.

Following service of the search warrant on July 18, Wilde and Christenson were arrested and booked into jail. He was also taken in for driving without insurance.




Meanwhile, Christenson was also in the store with Wilde. The oldest boy's father, not wanting to separate the siblings, took custody of all four children.

Authorities took custody of the girl and her three brothers, aged two, four and eight.

Police discovered the couple already had three other children in their home, boys ages 8, 4, and 2. The oldest boy's biological father later picked him up. They also said they found drug paraphernalia throughout the house, including next to the baby's bassinet and next to a child's sippy cup. Also lying around was Suboxone, some of it in pill form, the rest of it crushed.

Utah Valley Hospital, where the girl was born, released a statement to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, in which officials said newborn safety is a top priority.

Because all four children, who had been living in the home, could be in unsafe proximity to the paraphernalia and prescription pills Deputies added four counts each for Wilde and Christenson of child endangerment, a third-degree felony. He learned from DCFS that the two younger boys and the infant girl all tested positive for methamphetamine.

Christenson was released from jail on June 28 and Wilde bailed out July 5.

Police chased him down and arrested him on suspicion of driving under influence, possession of drugs, and possible charges of theft and child abuse were listed then, according to NBC Affiliate KFOR.

The couple remains in jail, as their bail was set at $10,000 each.

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