Parents arrested for giving newborn drugs

Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26

On June 28, a woman who went to take care of the couple's pets while they were in prison found drug paraphernalia in their home and reported it to authorities. After Wilde dropped the auto seat again after running into a pillar, he and the infant escaped.

"[Christenson and Wilde] admitted that, after their daughter was born on April 9, later that same day, Wilde applied some of the crushed Suboxone pills to the infant's gums while nurses and other medical staff were out of the room", said the sheriff's office in the press release. PEOPLE was also not immediately able to determine if they have retained attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

The father dropped his two-month-old daughter in her vehicle seat twice while fleeing officers at a Walmart in Spanish Fork, a city around 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, after police were called to reports of a theft at the store.

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

"It makes me sick to my stomach, for a number of reasons", said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a spokesperson for the Utah County Sheriff's, told CBS News.

The couple told the police they learned a method from other friends to avoid hospital staff from learning their baby's addiction.

Authorities said Christenson had her other three children with her, boys ages 8, 4, and 2.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, on June 26, Wilde was allegedly involved in a shoplifting at a Utah Walmart. Also found in the home was Suboxone, a prescription pain medication used for pain management and for addiction treatment.

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 did not want to separate the children from each other and DCFS approved him to not only take his son, but to take the other three children as well.

His 26-year-old common law wife Christenson waited inside the store with their two sons and one son she had from a previous relationship. The father of the eldest child took custody of all four children. The infant girl was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. When she arrived, she discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia and called the Sheriffs Office. As for Wilde and Christenson, they are sitting in jail.

The punishment range for a child endangerment felony charge in most states is two years and could increase up to twenty years. "They took this medication crushed it up".

The two younger boys and the infant girl all tested positive for methamphetamine.

Another search warrant was executed on July 18, and police allegedly found Wilde smoking heroin as they busted down the door.

But the story of how police came to know about the couple's drug-addicted baby starts with a robbery that happened about a month ago.

Utah Valley Hospital, where the girl was born, released a statement to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, in which officials said newborn safety is a top priority. She was then released on July 5, on a $7,500 bond. $10,000 cash bail has been set for both parents.

After her arrest, Christenson was charged with a long list of drug charges as well as four counts of child endangerment.

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