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Baby born with drug addiction given more drugs to hide symptoms

Baby born with drug addiction given more drugs to hide symptoms

This resulted in their daughter having a drug addiction from the moment she was born, which the parents allegedly concealed by crushing pills of Suboxone-a painkiller used to treat opioid withdrawal-and rubbing the powder on their baby's gums while hospital staff were out of the room.

Police also listed theft and child abuse as possible charges.

Wilde made a run for it, dangling his two-month old daughter in a auto seat.

Christenson has three other children who are now living with the oldest boy's father.

Sergeant Spencer Cannon, from Utah County Sheriff's office said the partners in crime became the center of attention when Wilde was arrested after theft at a Walmart in Spanish Fork, a month ago.

An Elk Ridge man and woman have been arrested following a disturbing monthlong investigation in which detectives say they discovered the couple gave drugs to their newborn while still in the hospital, and their other young children also tested positive for drugs.

Police said they obtained a search warrant on June 28 and found drug paraphernalia in many areas of the home, including next to a baby bassinet and a child's sippy cup.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, on June 26, Wilde was allegedly involved in a shoplifting at a Utah Walmart. The parents were administering Suboxone to the newborn, a drug used to cover up drug dependency.

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.

DCFS then contacted the eldest son's father (the other three children were fathered by Wilde) and granted him custody of the boy.

Wilde is seen with his infant son in 2012. He was charged with child abuse last month after police said he dropped his daughter repeatedly during a bungled Walmart shoplifting

Lacey Christenson, 26, was using drugs while she was pregnant.

Spanish Fork Police contacted officials with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and took custody of the children.

Authorities learned the two younger boys and the infant girl tested positive for methamphetamine.

The punishment range for a child endangerment felony charge in most states is two years and could increase up to twenty years. Also lying around was Suboxone, some of it in pill form, the rest of it crushed.

All four children tested positive for methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office said.

Infants born to opioid addicts are usually afflicted by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which comes with withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, dehydration, hyperactive reflexes, and inability to gain weight.

Because they knew their daughter would be born an addict, Christenson and Wilde later 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 sheriff's office claimed in a statement.

The couple went out on bail, but they were arrested again on July 18, after police went to the house with a search warrant and found Wilde smoking heroin.

Bail for Wilde and Christenson is now set at US$10,000.

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.

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