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Utah parents give newborn drugs hours after birth

Utah parents give newborn drugs hours after birth

On June 28, a woman who went to care for the pets at the couple's home found drug paraphernalia and immediately called authorities. He grabbed the vehicle seat and made a run for it again, but once again, dropped the baby when he ran into a pillar.

The couple admitted to the charges and revealed that they had applied powder of crushed pills, known as Suboxone to their daughter's gums to hide signs of addiction in the child while nurses and other hospital staffs were out of the room.

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 vehicle and driving away, KUTV reported.

Authorities said the 26-year-old Lacey Dawn Christenson, his wife, and the child's mother was also in Walmart along with their other 3 children.

"I don't have any doubt that Colby and Lacy love their kids", Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Office told local TV station KSTU.

Utah County Sheriffs said informants told officers that the parents of babies born with an addiction use this method to hide it from hospital staff.

A press release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office stated that the parents were attempting to cover up the fact that the child was born addicted to drugs.

Suboxone is a prescription pain medication used for pain management and for addiction treatment. The Deputy arrested Wilde and booked him into the Utah County Jail for DUI, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no insurance. The oldest boy's biological father later picked him up.

Colby Wilde and Lacey Christenson.

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Authorities have taken custody of the baby and her three older brothers, aged two, four and eight.

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail. That's when she noticed drug paraphernalia, and she notified the police. This medication was found in pill form and in crushed pill form.

Because of this, both were initially charged with child endangerment and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the Tribune, but later released on bail.

Infants born to opioid addicts are usually afflicted by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which comes with withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, dehydration, hyperactive reflexes, and inability to gain weight. 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.

All four children tested positive for methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office said.

After a baby in Utah tested positive for methamphetamine, heroin and morphine, the newborn's parents were arrested and charged with child endangerment and drug distribution.

Reports state that the incident came to light on April 9, the day the girl was born at the Utah Valley Hospital. Cannon said when deputies served it on Tuesday, they found Wilde inside his residence smoking heroin.

Cash-only bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000.

Police managed to stop his vehicle and arrest Wilde, who was charged with suspicion of DUI, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having no insurance.