A 3-month-old girl who tested positive for meth, heroin, and morphine was allegedly dosed with a painkiller by her parents hours after her April 9 birth to mask the girl's addiction from hospital staff.
The Utah County Sheriff
reports that Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, face
multiple charges, including child endangerment and drug
distribution—though the Salt Lake Tribune reports these charges don't touch on what allegedly happened at the hospital.
Having used heroin and prescription drugs heavily throughout her
pregnancy, Christenson admitted to police she knew her daughter would be
born addicted. When hospital staff weren't looking, she and Wilde
allegedly rubbed a crushed painkiller called Suboxone on the girl's gums
to mask her symptoms.
The case only began to surface two
months later, when Wilde allegedly grabbed items from a Walmart shelf
and immediately tried to return them; police say he dropped his baby,
who was strapped into a carseat, two times while attempting to flee,
reports Gephardt Daily.
The Utah Division of Child and Family Services took custody of the
couple's four children; the youngest three kids tested positive for
meth. In late June, police say a search warrant led to the discovery of
drugs and related items all over the house, including next to a bassinet
and sippy cup.
On July 18, they executed another search warrant
and say the revelation about the alleged post-birth dosing occurred in
an interview with the couple after that.
The couple's cash bail has been set at $10,000, reports CBS News. The baby's current health has not been reported. (Withdrawal can kill an infant.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Cops: Parents Rubbed Painkiller on Newborn's Gums to Mask Addiction