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Utah parents accused of giving opioids to baby on day she was born

July 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Utah parents accused of giving opioids to baby on day she was born

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Utah Parents accused of giving infant opioids to cover up addiction

Two parents in Utah have been taken into custody after reportedly giving their infant child opioids the day she was born.

Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, was using prescription pain meds and heroin while pregnant. Because of that, her daughter was born addicted to drugs in April.

Christenson and her boyfriend, Colby Glen Wilde, 29, confessed to authorities that Wilde put some crushed Suboxone pills on the infant’s gums just after she was born to “mask signs of addiction from staff.”

Police indicated that a robbery at Walmart is what led them to the parents and tipped them off about the drug offenses, WHO-TV reported.

The Spanish Fork Police were dispatched to a local Walmart after receiving reports of a robbery on June 26th.

Walmart staff said Wilde went to the store with his 2-month-old infant.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw the suspect take objects from a shelf and bring them to customer service as if he had bought the items.

He was given money for the items and left the store when staff confronted him about the purported theft.

Colby Wilde

Deputies said Wilde fled with his daughter in the car seat. He slammed into sliding doors and dropped the seat along with his daughter, which rolled several times.

According to authorities, Wilde took the car seat and ran out another door, before he hit a pillar and dropped his daughter again.

As witnesses attempted to restrain him, Wilde gave the car seat and his child to a stranger and ran to his vehicle and sped off.

A deputy busted Wilde in a nearby parking lot and arrested him for DUI, meth, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and driving with no insurance.

He was then charged with child abuse and theft.

Wilde’s girlfriend, Lacey Christenson, was in the store with Wilde.

Police said Christenson had her other three kids there, all boys between 2- and 8-years-old.

She was taken into custody and was booked into the Utah County Jail on a warrant that was outstanding.

Lacey Christenson

Spanish Fork Police took the children, and the infant girl was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

The Utah Division of Child and Family Services called the oldest boy’s father who took the child.

He did not want to separate the kids, and DCFS allowed him to also take the other three.

On June 28th, a woman who went to take care of the pets at the parent’s residence discovered drug paraphernalia and immediately called the police.

Deputies found drugs and paraphernalia throughout the house, including next to a bassinet. One of the drugs discovered was Suboxone; a pain medication also used to treat addiction.

Authorities determined that the two younger boys and the infant girl tested positive for meth. The baby also tested positive for heroin and morphine.

The couple was then charged with four counts of child endangerment.

Christenson was released from custody on June 28th, and Wilde was released on July 5th after he posted $7,500 bond.

Police discovered that the two started using drugs again after they were released.

Wilde and Christenson were re-arrested on July 18th and were booked on felony charges which include distributing a controlled substance, possession of heroin and meth, child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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