Mum 'rubbed drugs into baby's gums to hide heroin addiction from doctors'

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26
Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

26 July, 2017

On June 28, authorities said they were contacted a woman caring for Wilde and Christenson's pets.

As several security guards approached Wilde, he grabbed the auto seat and sprinted toward the exit doors. They also said parents who are drug addicts and give birth to babies already addicted to drugs try to mask the addiction by using prescription drugs like suboxone or methadone and apply it to the gums of an infant.

After their release, authorities received a tip suggesting the couple were back on drugs. When bystanders also tried to stop him outside the store, he handed the auto seat containing the baby to a stranger in the Walmart parking lot and drove off, abandoning the child.

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

"They administered the drug hours after baby was born", said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a Utah County Sheriff's spokesperson. When a mother does not disclose a history of drug use and her baby has no signs or symptoms of difficulty, then the hospital proceeds with its established care processes. They also said they found drug paraphernalia throughout the house, including next to the baby's bassinet and next to a child's sippy cup.

Christenson was also in Wal-Mart at the time with her three boys, ages 8, 4 and 2. He was stopped by Utah County deputies in a nearby parking lot, the Sheriff's Office said.

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 father of Christenson's eldest son was contacted after the incident.

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Colby Wilde and Lacey Christenson.

Spanish Fork Police were able to get in touch with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, who took custody of the four children. The infant was brought to the hospital for an evaluation. When she arrived, she discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia and called the Sheriffs Office.

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail.

Because of this, both were initially charged with child endangerment and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the Tribune, but later released on bail. Also lying around was Suboxone, some of it in pill form, the rest of it crushed. Three of the couple's youngest children tested positive for meth.

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.

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

Cash-only bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000. Cannon said when deputies served it on Tuesday, they found Wilde inside his residence smoking heroin.

Wilde fled the scene - after dropping a auto 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.

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