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A Utah County couple are in jail after police say they gave their newborn daughter drugs on the day she was born to mask withdrawal symptoms from hospital workers.
Elk Ridge residents Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, were booked into Utah County jail on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance and child endangerment, along with possession of heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Utah County sheriff's officials said in a Friday news release that the couple were arrested earlier this week after investigators learned that Christenson allegedly had used drugs throughout her pregnancy and had applied crushed painkillers to the infant's gums April 9 the day she was born to try to mask signs of addiction.
"Wilde and Christenson 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 news release said.
Christenson allegedly admitted that crushed Suboxone that police found in their home in June was the same drug they had given her daughter at Utah Valley Hospital.
Police initially began investigating the couple in late June, after Wilde fled from Walmart security. He had been accused of trying to return items that he had just taken from store shelves. As he ran from security, he collided with a sliding door and dropped the car seat carrier with his infant daughter inside, according to the Sheriff's Office. The car seat rolled several times before Wilde picked up the carrier and the infant and darted out a different door. Wilde dropped his daughter again, police say, after he ran past a pillar and hit the car seat against the pillar.
Shoppers tried to stop Wilde, according to the Sheriff's Office, and Wilde eventually gave the child to a stranger, ran to his car and drove off.
Police say Christenson was also in the store that day with her three other children, and she was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
State officials took custody of the couple's children and placed all four with the biological father of Christensen's oldest son.
After the couple's June arrest, police searched their home and allegedly found drug paraphernalia, including next to a baby bassinet and a child's cup. Investigators later learned from the Division of Child and Family Services that the youngest three children tested positive for methamphetamine the infant tested positive for heroin and morphine.
Wilde recently pleaded guilty to child endangerment and marijuana possession charges in connection with the drugs police found in the couple's home in June. He is expected to be sentenced in August. Christenson faces similar charges, but she hasn't entered a plea.
The couple have not been charged with crimes related to giving their daughter drugs at the hospital.