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.
This resulted in their daughter having a drug addiction from the moment she was born, which the parents allegedly concealed by crushing pills of Suboxone—a painkiller used to treat opioid withdrawal—and rubbing the powder on their baby’s gums while hospital staff were out of the room.
Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, were charged with drug distribution and child endangerment for the action after Wilde was arrested for allegedly trying to “return” items at Walmart that had he hadn’t purchased.
When loss prevention employees stopped Wilde and his 2-month-old daughter from leaving the premises, he bolted, eventually handing off his daughter to a stranger before hopping in his car and driving away, KUTV reported.
Police managed to stop his car and arrest Wilde, who was charged with suspicion of DUI, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having no insurance.
Christenson was in the store with her three other children at the time of the incident. She was also arrested and booked for an outstanding warrant.
On a tip from a housesitter who noticed drug paraphernalia at the couple’s home, police tested the four children for drugs and found that the three youngest all tested positive for meth, and the infant also tested positive for heroin and morphine.
The four children are staying with the oldest boy’s father, who did not want the children separated, police said.
[Image: Utah County Sheriff’s Office]