1. Parents allegedly gave their baby drugs since the day she was born as part of cover-up ploy.
Utah County couple feeds newborn drugs hours after she’s born in hospital to mask addiction signs from nurses. https://t.co/RWel4r3X0b
— KUTV 2News (@KUTV2News) July 21, 2017
A young couple in the US state of Utah is behind bars after they allegedly fed their newborn daughter a ‘cocktail of drugs’ in an effort to cover up the fact that she was born addicted.
According to KUTV, 29-year-old Colby Glen Wilde and 26-year-old Lacey Dawn Christenson are facing drug distribution and child endangerment charges after their arrests earlier this month.
Investigators learned Lacey had been using heroin and prescription pain medication heavily throughout her pregnancy, and her daughter, born on April 9, was born addicted to the same substances.
‘Informants’ told police that the parents would often crush up painkillers and rub it onto the infant’s gums so she wouldn’t go into withdrawal in an effort to mask the addiction from hospital staff.
The couple allegedly admitted that they first gave their daughter drugs on the same day she was born, while nurses and other medical staff were out of the room.
They allegedly said they continued to give the baby drugs when they returned home from hospital.
The baby girl tested positive for heroin and morphine. Two of her three older siblings – boys aged eight, four and two – that also lived in the home tested positive for methamphetamine.
The children were taken into custody by Family Services, and were later taken into the care of the oldest boy’s biological father. Not wanting to separate his son from his three younger siblings, he is now caring for all four children.
Utah County Sheriff Sergeant Spencer Cannon told KUTV the case made him “sick to his stomach”.
“You’ve got an infant who cannot do anything for herself, and the people who should be providing her nurture, and love, and care, are the ones who are harming their child,” he said.