Utah County parents arrested for giving drugs to newborn daughter

Wilde is the father of Christenson's three younger children officials said

Authorities say Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, from the USA state of Utah face a number of child endangerment and drug charges following a week-long investigation.

The investigation also revealed Christenson was heavily using heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy. As a result, the baby was born already addicted to drugs, police say.

"(Christenson and Wilde) 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 Sheriff's Office said in a news release. They did it when hospital staffers were not looking.

Both Christenson and Wilde were released from custody by July 5, but detectives continued to investigate the couple and soon learned they were allegedly using drugs again.

Wilde was spotted at the Walmart returning items he had not purchased to the customer service counter June 26. He was given a cash card for the items, but as he left the store with his two-month-old daughter, employees confronted him about the purported theft. When confronted Wilde ran toward the exit, carrying the vehicle seat with his daughter in it.

He dropped the auto seat again after it hit a pillar as he ran so bystanders tried to stop him. The auto seat rolled several times before Wilde picked up the carrier and the infant and ran out a different door.

Several shoppers tried to stop Wilde, according to the sheriff's office, and Wilde eventually gave the child to a stranger, ran to his vehicle and drove away.

Authorities said the two younger boys along with the newborn girl tested positive for methamphetamine.




Police later found Wilde in a nearby parking lot, where they arrested him and charged him with a series of crimes including DUI, possessing heroin and meth, driving without insurance, and other charges. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Christenson faces similar charges, but hasn't yet entered a plea. The infant girl was evaluated at a local hospital.

The newborn baby tested positive for meth, heroin and morphine, police said.

Spanish Fork Police were able to get in touch with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, who took custody of the four children.

Wilde and Christenson are both being held on a $10,000 cash bail.

After determining that all four children in the home could have come in contact with the paraphernalia, police tacked four counts of child endangerment onto Wilde and Christenson's rap sheets. Wilde and Christenson told investigators they talked to friends about how to mask signs of drug dependence in an infant, and that they discussed this issue with each other.

After finding drug paraphernalia at the house, most of which was within easy reach of the children, the children were tested for drugs.

"They administered the drug hours after the baby was born", said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a Utah County Sheriff's spokesperson, referring to the newborn girl. As part of this case investigators developed information that Wilde and Christenson were using drugs again and they obtained another search warrant for the house in Elk Ridge. That's when she noticed drug paraphernalia, and she notified the police.

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