A couple known to be junkies were accused of giving their newborn daughter drugs in a sick bid to hide the heroin addiction “she had picked” up from her mother.
Authorities said Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, from Utah used the class A drug throughout her pregnancy. The child then was born addicted to heroin as a result.
The police said it has been the tactic of Christenson, mother to four kids and her 29-year-old partner Colby Glen Wilde, to crush prescription pain medication such as Suboxone or methadone and apply it to the infant’s gums. The couple struggled with the constant fears of being caught by health professionals.
The couple’s shocking and sick act on the baby was only discovered when cops searched the house of Wilde after he was caught shoplifting at a local supermarket. They chanced upon drug paraphernalia next to a baby’s cot and a child’s sippy cup.
Law enforcement also discovered Suboxone- also used for addiction treatment- crushed up in different places around the house.
Lacey’s all four children were tested. Her two older sons and daughter all tested positive for methamphetamine. The newborn baby tested positive for heroin and morphine. The couple confessed to giving the innocent baby drugs when questioned repeatedly by the police.
Utah County Sheriff’s Sergeant Spencer Cannon expressed disgust over the couple’s acts. He said to local media: “It makes me sick to my stomach, for a number of reasons.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.”
Wilde was arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence, theft, child abuse, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without insurance.
The couple were also both booked for possession of use of heroin and methamphetamine, endangerment of a child, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.