Couple fed newborn drugs while still in the hospital

Wilde is seen with his infant son in 2012. He was charged with child abuse last month after police said he dropped his daughter repeatedly during a bungled Walmart shoplifting

The couple was busted in June when authorities searched their home in an unrelated case. Wilde picked up the vehicle seat and dropped it again and "Handed the auto seat and the child to a stranger and then got in the auto and took off".

This resulted in their daughter having a drug addiction from the moment she was born, which the parents allegedly concealed by crushing pills of Suboxone-a painkiller used to treat opioid withdrawal-and rubbing the powder on their baby's gums while hospital staff were out of the room.

They were charged for administering drugs to a newborn child, which is considered distribution of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and a first-degree felony.

Bystanders tried to stop him, but he simply handed the auto seat with his daughter inside over to a stranger, ran to his vehicle, and drove away.

Wilde and Christenson, his common-law wife, were arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail.

Utah County Sheriff's Sergeant Spencer Cannon told KUTV: "It makes me sick to my stomach, for a number of reasons". Several different informants told investigators that parents of drug addicted babies will sometimes take either Suboxone or methadone, crush it up, then, after moistening a finger, dip that finger into the crushed drugs, and apply it to the mouth or gums of the infant in an effort to mask signs of addiction from hospital staff.

Deputies served a search warrant on the house and found numerous drug and paraphernalia items, he said.

Wilde left his girlfriend, Christenson and three other children, all boys, aged two, four and eight at the store.

A press release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office stated that the parents were attempting to cover up the fact that the child was born addicted to drugs. One of the drugs found was Suboxone, a prescription pain medication also used for addiction treatment. The Deputy arrested Wilde and booked him into the Utah County Jail for DUI, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no insurance. Wilde is father to the three younger children.

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Lacey Christenson, 26, was using drugs while she was pregnant. They were placed in the custody of the oldest boy's father. It was there police learnt the shocking story of the infant girl. As for Wilde and Christenson, they are sitting in jail.

"But there is plenty of evidence that the drug gets diverted; police seize it, addicts talk about how easy it is to buy".

Wilde pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of child endangerment, a third-degree felony, and drug possession, a class B misdemeanor. Also lying around was Suboxone, some of it in pill form, the rest of it crushed.

Infants born to opioid addicts are often afflicted by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which presents itself as host of withdrawal symptoms that include tremors, hyperactive reflexes, vomiting, dehydration, the inability to gain weight and seizures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Authorities also eventually learned the couple's two boys and infant daughter tested positive for methamphetamine.

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.

They are both being held on a $10,000 (£7,000) cash bail.

Police obtained a warrant to search the home, where they found paraphernalia scattered throughout the house.

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