Parents Dosed Newborn to Mask Her Addiction: Cops

Posted July 25, 2017

The mother - Lacey Christenson - used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, police said.

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.

Wilde and Christenson admitted to crushing up Suboxone, which police found in their home on June 28, and putting it on the child's gums in the hospital after her birth on April 9. They did it when hospital staffers were not looking.

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Deputies said they discovered drug paraphernalia in many different areas of the home, including next to a baby bassinet and next to a child's sippy cup. Witnesses said they saw him take items from one of the shelves and got a "refund" for them after bringing them to the customer service desk. When the staff in the store attempted to stop him, he ran away carrying his two-month-old daughter. When confronted Wilde ran toward the exit, carrying the vehicle seat with his daughter in it. As he ran from security, he collided with a sliding door and dropped the vehicle seat carrier with his infant daughter inside, according to the sheriff's office. He dropped his daughter a second time after he ran into another door. That's when he ran off with his daughter still in the auto seat.

Several shoppers tried to stop Wilde, according to the sheriff's office, and Wilde eventually gave the child to a stranger, ran to his auto and drove away.

Wilde was arrested and taken into custody on for DUI, as well as for meth, heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Officials with the Sheriff's Office said in the news release that investigators found Suboxone, in both solid and crushed pill form, in the couple's home while executing a search warrant June 28. They face drug distribution and child endangerment charges. The infant girl was evaluated at a local hospital.

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The newborn baby tested positive for meth, heroin and morphine.

The oldest boy, who is not Mr Wilde's son, is now in the custody of his biological father who is understood to now be caring for all four children.

Christenson was also in Wal-Mart at the time with her three boys, ages 8, 4 and 2.

Wilde was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, theft, child abuse, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without insurance. Wilde was released from jail July 5 after posting a $7,500 bond. DCFS became involved in the case, having all four children tested for drugs. That's when she noticed drug paraphernalia, and she notified the police.

Christenson allegedly admitted that she crushed up prescription pain pills which Wilde administered to the infant.

With his 2-month-old daughter in a vehicle seat, Wilde took items off the shelves and then brought them to customer service as if he had already purchased them, looking for a refund, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

The two are now being housed in jail on a cash-only bail of $10,000 each.