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

Panicked Wilde grabbed the auto seat and tried to flee through another door.

After another arrest July 18 for violating terms of their bail, the pair admitted to police they had used Suboxone on their daughter "hours after the baby was born", in an effort to hide the baby's addiction from hospital staff. Two boys also tested positive for drugs, according to the police officials.

When loss prevention employees stopped Wilde and his 2-month-old daughter from leaving the premises, he bolted, eventually handing off his daughter to a stranger before hopping in his auto and driving away, KUTV reported.

Christenson, who was in Walmart with her older children, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant at that time.

"I don't have any doubt that Colby and Lacey love their kids", Sgt. Spencer Cannon, with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, told Fox 13.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, investigators found items of drug paraphernalia in several different areas of the home, including next to a baby bassinet and child's sippy cup.

Two of Christenson's other children, ages two and four, tested positive for methamphetamine.

Using the description from Walmart loss prevention employees a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriffs Office, who was near the area, found the suspect driving away from the area and stopped him in the parking lot.

Police blocked Wilde off as he tried to drive away, took him into custody, and charged him with driving without insurance, DUI, child abuse, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The oldest boy's biological father later picked him up.

"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.

Authorities have taken custody of the baby and her three older brothers, aged two, four and eight. The infant girl was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail. When she arrived, she discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia and called the Sheriffs Office.

Wilde and Christenson told police they learned from other friends that the drug can be crushed and used to hide their baby's withdrawal symptoms.

Wilde pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of child endangerment, a third-degree felony, and drug possession, a class B misdemeanor.

Christenson admitted to investigators that he crushed the Suboxone and gave it to their daughter, police said.

The Utah Division of Child and Family Services, or DCFS, told officers the two younger boys and the infant girl all tested positive for crystal meth and the baby also tested positive for heroin and morphine.

Bail for Wilde and Christenson is now set at US$10,000. When investigators served the search warrant they found Wilde smoking heroin.

By July 5, both Wilde and Christenson were out on bail.

The couple also continued to use drugs after their initial release from jail and were arrested again, this time on charges of distribution of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, possession of heroin and meth, endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia, per KUTV.

  • Delores Daniels