Utah parents give newborn drugs hours after birth

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A couple have been arrested and thrown into jail in the U.S. state of Utah after allegedly giving their baby daughter drugs just hours after she was born.

Colby Glen Wilde and Lacey Dawn Christenson of Elk Ridge, Utah were both charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, possession by use of heroin and methamphetamine, endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, Christenson used heroin and prescription pain pills heavily during her pregnancy, leading their daughter to be born addicted to drugs in April.

"Newborn safety is a top priority for Utah Valley Hospital". Employees said Wilde, with his 2-month-old daughter in hand, took items from the shelf and tried to return the items for a cash refund.

He dropped the vehicle seat again after it hit a pillar as he ran so bystanders tried to stop him.

When confronted on the scene by Walmart employees, Wilde ran, dropping the vehicle seat several times while trying to get away.

The statement revealed Christenson was still inside the store with her three sons.

The couple were released on a bond, but later re-arrested after police searched their home and discovered a trove of drugs, including next to a child's sippy cup and baby bassinet.

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Investigators contacted the state's Division of Child and Family Services and placed the children in the custody of the oldest boy's father. The two-month-old girl also tested positive for heroin and morphine, according to Fox8 Live.

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. Wilde and Christenson have been arraigned on charges of child endangerment, use of heroin and methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Babies are being born suffering from drug addiction withdrawals at a historic pace, increasing five-fold across the USA between 2003 and 2012. Two boys also tested positive for drugs, according to the police officials.

While trying to flee from police, Mr Wilde reportedly handed his newborn daughter to a complete stranger after dropping her - while in her vehicle seat - twice.

A staggering 85,937 children entered foster care due to parental drug use in the U.S.in 2015, according to data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System. Christenson had her other three children, boys ages 8, 4, and 2, with her in the store.

Christenson was released from jail for her outstanding warrant on June 28. Cannon said when deputies served it on Tuesday, they found Wilde inside his residence smoking heroin. "They're addicts right now with serious addiction problems and they're not in a good place to be taking care of themselves even, let alone anybody else".

Authorities say the parents have a checkered record with law enforcement in the few weeks since first crossing their path on June 26.

The couple told the police they learned a method from other friends to avoid hospital staff from learning their baby's addiction. Bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000.00 cash only. "Parents have the responsibility to disclose anything that might jeopardize their newborn's health".

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