Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, of Utah, were arrested and charged with a slew of child endangerment crimes, after the two drug addicts gave their newborn child narcotics within hours of the baby’s birth.
Authorities say Wilde and Christenson were afraid that doctors and authorities would notice that Christenson had been taking heroin during her pregnancy.
They gave the child a dose within hours of its birth, in order to mask the effects of withdrawal on the baby.
The Daily Mail reports:
A couple have admitted to giving their newborn daughter prescription narcotics within hours of her birth, to mask the effects of heroin withdrawal, police say
Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, face a slew of drug and child endangerment charges after a weeks-long investigation into the couple by police in Elk Ridge, Utah.
Police say that the infant daughter tested positive for methamphetamine, heroin, and morphine, and was given withdrawal medication Suboxone at birth to hide the symptoms.
‘It makes me sick to my stomach, for a number of reasons,’ said Utah County Sheriff’s Sergeant Spencer Cannon, KUTV reported.
‘You’ve got an infant who cannot 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,’ said Cannon.
The sad family saga first came to light on June 26, at a Walmart in Spanish Fork.
Wilde and Christenson were in the store with the baby daughter and three older sons, ages two, four and eight, when police were called around 3pm for a theft in progress.
Wilde, holding the infant girl in a car seat, had taken several items off the store’s shelves and taken them to the front as returned merchandise, police say.
After completing the return and getting a cash card, Wilde was approached by store security officers and made a break for it, banging into the exit doors and dropping the car seat with his daughter in it.
As Wilde tried to flee through another door, he banged into a pillar and dropped the car seat again, causing bystanders to intervene to stop the out-of-control man.
Wilde responded by foisting his daughter into the hands of one of the bystanders, a stranger, and sprinting away.
The two will be going away to jail for years for the crimes they both committed against their children.
The couple’s other three children have been taken away and placed in the care of relatives.