Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

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

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

Two Elk Ridge parents are in jail after allegedly giving their infant daughter opioids on the day she was born.

The accused, Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and 26-year-old Lacey Dawn Christenson, have three other children, all boys of ages 2, 4, and 8. The drug, which is known to treat pain as well as addiction to certain narcotics, can mask drug dependency. Three of the couple's youngest children tested positive for meth.

Authorities told KSTU that the couple admitted that Christenson had abused prescription drugs and heroin while pregnant with her daughter.

"(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.

With his 2-month-old daughter in a vehicle seat, Wilde took items off the shelves and then brought them to customer service as if he had already purchased them, looking for a refund, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

"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.

Investigators said Wilde handed the baby to a stranger before fleeing in his auto.

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

However, in his haste, Wilde failed to navigate the automatic sliding doors and ran straight into them, dropping the vehicle seat and his daughter in the process.

As he was leaving the store, Wilde was approached by loss prevention employees. He fled the store, dropping his daughter twice on the way out. This time he handed it, and his baby, to a stranger before jumping into his vehicle and driving away.

Police say this is not their first contact with the couple.

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The statement revealed Christenson was still inside the store with her three sons.

Wilde and Christenson, his common-law wife, were arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail.

Authorities learned the two younger boys and the infant girl tested positive for methamphetamine. The oldest boy's biological father later picked him up. He did not want the siblings to be separated, and case workers approved him to have custody of all four children, investigators said.

While the parents were in jail, authorities were contacted by a woman asked to care for the pets at Wilde and Christenson's home.

Deputies found drugs and paraphernalia throughout the home, including next to a bassinet and a child's sippy cup.

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.

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

Christenson was released from jail for her warrant on June 28.

Police also listed theft and child abuse as possible charges. After their release, investigators learned the two may be doing drugs again so they drew up another warrant.

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail. Both remain in custody. Their bail was set at $10,000, and can only be paid in cash.

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