Parents accused of giving newborn baby narcotics

Katrina Barker
July 25, 2017

KUTV reports the Elk Ridge couple, Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, face felony charges after authorities allege that numerous "informants" told them that the couple would crush up Suboxone or methadone and feed the drugs to their newborn daughter, born on April 9.

The couple admitted to the charges and revealed that they had applied powder of crushed pills, known as Suboxone to their daughter's gums to hide signs of addiction in the child while nurses and other hospital staffs were out of the room.

Sergeant Spencer Cannon, from Utah County Sheriff's office said the partners in crime became the center of attention when Wilde was arrested after theft at a Walmart in Spanish Fork, a month ago.

With his 2-month-old daughter in a auto 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.

"You've got an infant who can not 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".

When a loss prevention officer intervened, Wilde took off running while holding his three-month-old daughter in a auto seat and slammed into the exit doors, dropping her in the process. He dropped his daughter a second time after he ran into another door.

Security officers tried to stop as he walked out, but Wilde ran out of the store so quickly that smacked into the exit doors, dropping his infant in her 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 vehicle and drove away.

Using the description from Walmart loss prevention employees a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriffs Office, who was near the area, found the suspect driving away from the area and stopped him in the parking lot. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant, while her kids were taken into custody.

Authorities have taken custody of the baby and her three older brothers, aged two, four and eight.

Investigators contacted the state's Division of Child and Family Services and placed the children in the custody of the oldest boy's father.

They admitted to giving the baby the drug under questioning.

Wilde fled the scene - after dropping a auto seat holding his infant child multiple times - but was arrested a short time later, according to police, who charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without insurance, theft and child abuse.

The newborn tested positive for meth, heroin and morphine, and was taken to the hospital. The parents of the other three children are Colby Wilde and Lacey Christenson.

Wilde and Christenson, 26, were initially arrested on June 26 in connection with a theft at a local Walmart, according to the sheriff's office. The woman went to their house, found drug paraphernalia and called police, according to Cannon. Suboxone is a prescription pain medication used for addiction treatment.

Following service of the search warrant on July 18, Wilde and Christenson were arrested and booked into jail.

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

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