Parents accused of giving newborn baby narcotics

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

Colby Wilde (29) and Lacey Christenson (26) welcomed their third child on April 9 at Utah Valley Hospital.

Having used heroin and prescription drugs heavily throughout her pregnancy, Christenson admitted to police she knew her daughter would be born addicted. The mom is now accused of giving Suboxone to her infant daughter in April to mask the baby's heroin withdrawal. They did it when hospital staffers were not looking. "If there is a known history of drug use by a mother, then her baby will be evaluated and if necessary, receive treatment for withdrawal symptoms", the hospital's statement read. Witnesses said they saw him take items from one of the shelves and got a "refund" for them after bringing them to the customer service desk. When confronted Wilde ran toward the exit, carrying the vehicle seat with his daughter in it.

"He ran into one of the sliding doors and dropped the child who was in the vehicle seat, the auto seat rolled across the floor", Cannon said.

Panicked Wilde grabbed the auto seat and tried to flee through another door. But Wilde dropped his daughter again, police say, after he ran past a pillar and hit the auto seat against the pillar.

As bystanders tried to stop Wilde, he handed the vehicle seat with his child to a stranger and ran to his auto to escape, the sergeant said.

Two of her brothers also tested positive to methamphetamine, likely from second-hand smoke inhalation.

Authorities arrested Wilde on several charges and Christenson for an outstanding warrant.

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The couple made bail, but authorities arrested them again after a narcotics team searched their home in July and found a large stash of narcotics and drug paraphernalia inside the residence. The two-month-old baby came back positive for heroin and morphine.

All four children were taken from the suspects and given to the father of the oldest boy who heroically told child welfare officers that he didn't want to take his 8-year-old son from his siblings and break the children up. Another man fathered the oldest boy while the younger three were born to Christenson and Wilde.

Wilde fled the scene - after dropping a vehicle seat holding his infant child multiple times - but was arrested a short time later, according to police, who charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without insurance, theft and child abuse. Wilde was released from jail July 5 after posting a $7,500 bond.

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. When she arrived, she discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia and called the Sheriffs Office.

"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", the news release said.

With his 2-month-old daughter in a auto 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.

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

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