Parents Dosed Newborn to Mask Her Addiction: Cops

Posted July 26, 2017

Detectives also learned that while Christenson was still in the hospital after giving birth, she and Wilde crushed up Suboxone - a prescription pain medication used for pain management and for addiction treatment - and rubbed it on the newborn's gums in an effort to hide signs of drug addiction from hospital staffers, according to Cannon. A search of the home led to the discovery of drugs, including Suboxone, which is used to treat addiction.

The Utah Division of Child and Family Services, or DCFS, told officers the two younger boys and the infant girl all tested positive for crystal meth and the baby also tested positive for heroin and morphine. It has been found that the new born's mother had been an addict of heroin during her pregnancy. "They would wet a finger dip it in the crushed up pills and apply it to the gums of the child", Cannon said.

The couple continued to give the drug to their daughter, until on June 26, Wilde was arrested after attempting to steal some groceries at a Walmart.

Witnesses told law enforcement they saw the suspect take items from a shelf and then return them to customer service as if he had purchased them.

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.

Police had been in the property after Wilde, 29, was arrested for shoplifting. When a mother does not disclose a history of drug use and her baby has no signs or symptoms of difficulty, then the hospital proceeds with its established care processes.

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

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On June 28, authorities said they were contacted a woman caring for Wilde and Christenson's pets.

Christenson was in the store at the time with her other children, all under the age of 8.

Christenson is seen pregnant with one of her older children in 2012. The oldest boy's father, not wanting to separate the siblings, took custody of all four children. 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". They also said they found drug paraphernalia throughout the house, including next to the baby's bassinet and next to a child's sippy cup. Two boys also tested positive for drugs, according to the police officials. Another man fathered the oldest boy while the younger three were born to Christenson and Wilde. That's when she noticed drug paraphernalia, and she notified the police.

Because the four children lived in the home and could have been in risky proximity to the paraphernalia and prescription pills, the police added four counts each for Wilde and Christenson for child endangerment, which is a third-degree offence. Acting on a tip, police visited their house on July 18 with a search warrant, only to find Wilde smoking heroin. Both tested positive for methamphetamine and opiates.

Christenson admitted to investigators that he crushed the Suboxone and gave it to their daughter, police said. Wilde posted $7,5000 bond on July 5 and was freed, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office.

Their bail has has been set at $10,000 in cash.

Along with endangerment of a child, the two were also booked for possession by use of heroin and methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.