Utah couple drugged their opioid-addicted baby to mask withdrawal symptoms

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Detectives also learned that while Christenson was still in the hospital after giving birth, she and Wilde crushed up Suboxone - a prescription pain medication used for pain management and for addiction treatment - and rubbed it on the newborn's gums in an effort to hide signs of drug addiction from hospital staffers, according to Cannon. The parents were administering Suboxone to the newborn, a drug used to cover up drug dependency. The young girl also tested positive for heroin and morphine.

Following the birth, she and her boyfriend, Colby Glen Wilde, crushed up prescription medication such as methadone, and gave it to the newborn.

The couple continued to give the drug to their daughter, until on June 26, Wilde was arrested after attempting to steal some groceries at a Walmart.

The parents were initially caught out due to Wilde allegedly taking items off the shelf at Walmart and trying to return them for cash. At the time, Wilde had attempted to return unpurchased items for cash, then fled with his two-month-old daughter in a vehicle seat, dropping her multiple times, according to KUTV.

He was arrested by a sheriff's deputy in the vehicle park. Police located Christenson with her three children inside the store and arrested her on an outstanding traffic warrant.

It was during this investigation process that authorities learned about Christenson's heavy drug use during pregnancy and the subsequant damage done to her newborn baby.

Police arrested Wilde before he made it out of the parking lot and booked him into the Utah County Jail on a variety of charges, including driving under the influence, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without insurance.

While the pair was in jail, a woman who went to care for the couple's pets at their home June 28 reported to the police she found drug paraphernalia in the house.

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Christenson is seen pregnant with one of her older children in 2012.

Spanish Fork police contacted the Utah Division of Child and Family Services and officials took custody of the children.

Walmart employees said the suspect, Wilde, entered the store with his two-month-old daughter in a vehicle seat which was in a shopping cart. The drug scourge is also pushing a record number of children into foster care. DCFS became involved in the case, having all four children tested for drugs.

Deputies added four counts of child endangerment for Wilde and Christenson. After obtaining a warrant to search the home Deputies discovered items of drug paraphernalia in many different areas of the home, including next to a baby bassinet, next to a childs sippy cup, and others. This medication was found in pill form and in crushed pill form. If there is a known history of drug use by a mother, then her baby will be evaluated and if necessary, receive treatment for withdrawal symptoms. Both tested positive for methamphetamine and opiates.

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

By July 5, both were released on bail.

A later search of their home found a trove of illegal substances, police said.

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.

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