Parents give baby daughter heroin substitute 'hours after she was born'

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Officers said Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, of Elk Ridge, Utah, used heroin and prescription painkillers heavily during her pregnancy and her daughter was born addicted to drugs as a result.

Wilde and Christenson admitted to crushing up Suboxone, which police found in their home on June 28, and putting it on the child's gums in the hospital after her birth on April 9.

A mother and father were arrested after police said they gave their newborn daughter drugs on the day she was born, CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City reports.

"Bedrooms, family rooms, bathrooms, there was a substantial quantity of drug paraphernalia in those areas, all areas where those children would have immediate access to those items", Cannon said.

"You've got an infant who can not do anything for herself and the people who should be providing her nurture and love and care are the ones who are harming that child and the same thing for the other three children", he added.

The shocking revelation unfolded after Wilde and Christenson entered a Walmart supermarket in the city of Spanish Fork with his two-month-old daughter in a auto seat in a shopping trolley.

Wilde was spotted at the Walmart returning items he had not purchased to the customer service counter June 26.

Supermarket staff approached him over the deception as he left and he ran away - smashing into the doors and dropping the new-born. Wilde picked up the auto seat and dropped it again and "Handed the vehicle seat and the child to a stranger and then got in the vehicle and took off". As he ran from security, he collided with a sliding door and dropped the auto seat carrier with his infant daughter inside, according to the sheriff's office.

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

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On June 28, while Wilde and Christenson were in jail, Utah County sheriff's deputies were contacted by a woman who had been asked to watch the couple's pets.

She was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

Eventually, authorities learned that the infant and the two younger boys, ages four and two, were given drugs. They were placed in the custody of the oldest boy's father. Two boys also tested positive for drugs, according to the police officials.

After her arrest, Christenson was charged with a long list of drug charges as well as four counts of child endangerment.

Wilde's children all tested positive for methamphetamine while his baby daughter is also tested positive for heroin and morphine. The parents of the other three children are Colby Wilde and Lacey Christenson.

Wilde crushed pills of Suboxone, a drug used to treat heroin addiction and withdrawal, and forced the powder down his daughter's throat.

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

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail. Bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000.00 cash only.

Drug addiction is now the second leading cause for removal from parental custody, following child neglect, which social workers note is often exacerbated by drug use in the home.

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