Utah Couple Faces Multiple Charges After Feeding Newborn Child Drugs While Still in the Hospital

A Utah couple is facing a multitude of charges after police discovered that the parents were feeding their newborn child Suboxone to mask the child’s drug dependency, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Colby Glen Wilde and Lacey Dawn Christenson of Elk Ridge, Utah were both charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, possession by use of heroin and methamphetamine, endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies drug tested Christenson’s four children, and her three oldest children, ages 2, 4 and 8, tested positive for methamphetamine. Christenson and Wilde’s 3-month old child tested positive for heroin and morphine.

The Sheriff’s Office said it learned that Christenson had been taking heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, which caused her baby to be drug dependent. In an effort to cover-up the baby’s drug addiction, the couple told deputies that Wilde applied crushed Suboxone pills to the infant’s gums while nurses and other medical staff were out of the room.

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SOURCE: WCPO, Justin Boggs