Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Baby born with drug addiction given more drugs to hide symptoms

Baby born with drug addiction given more drugs to hide symptoms

On June 28, a woman who went to care for the pets at the couple's home found drug paraphernalia and immediately called authorities.

Wilde and Christenson were then arrested in the vehicle park. They also said parents who are drug addicts and give birth to babies already addicted to drugs try to mask the addiction by using prescription drugs like suboxone or methadone and apply it to the gums of an infant.

Police also listed theft and child abuse as possible charges.

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.

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.

It was during this investigation process that authorities learned about Christenson's heavy drug use during pregnancy and the subsequant damage done to her newborn baby.

Deputies found drugs and paraphernalia throughout the home, including next to a bassinet and a child's sippy cup.

She had her other three children, boys ages eight, four, and two, with her.

Drug addiction is now the second leading cause for removal from parental custody, following child neglect, which social workers note is often exacerbated by drug use in the home. The father did not want to separate the children from each other and DCFS approved him to not only take his son, but to take the other three children as well.

Christenson, Wilde's common-law wife, was in the store during the incident.

Spanish Fork police contacted the Utah Division of Child and Family Services and officials took custody of the children.

They are now being held in a county jail on a $10,000 cash bail.

The punishment range for a child endangerment felony charge in most states is two years and could increase up to twenty years.

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

But the story of how police came to know about the couple's drug-addicted baby starts with a robbery that happened about a month ago.

The two younger boys and the infant girl all tested positive for methamphetamine.

Wilde and Christenson told police they learned from other friends that the drug can be crushed and used to hide their baby's withdrawal symptoms.

Bail for Wilde and Christenson is now set at US$10,000.

When put under tests, the new born tested positive for methamphetamine, heroin and morphine.

By July 5, both Wilde and Christenson were out on bail.

Police later found Wilde in a nearby parking lot, where they arrested him and charged him with a series of crimes including DUI, possessing heroin and meth, driving without insurance, and other charges.

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.

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