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December 16 2017, 10:33 | Rex Rios
Colby Glen Wilde 29 and Lacey Dawn Christenson 26
The parents were administering Suboxone to the newborn, a drug used to cover up drug dependency. The infant girl 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.
Authorities say the parents rubbed crushed Suboxone onto the girl's gums just hours after she was born.
Authorities said their first encounter with Wilde happened on June 26 when they responded to reports of a theft at a Walmart in Spanish Fork. Wilde allegedly grabbed items off of the shelves in the store and walked up to the customer service desk and exchanged the merchandise for a gift card, as if he had already purchased the items. While running away, he dropped his baby twice and later handed her over to the strangers present in the store while running away.
Police had been in the property after Wilde, 29, was arrested for shoplifting.
She was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on an outstanding warrant.
Confessing to their crime, the couple said they tried hiding the two-month-old baby's drug addiction from the nurses in the hospital where she was born. According to the Miami Herald, Lacey Christenson and Colby Wilde have been jailed on suspicion and distribution of a controlled substance, child endangerment as well as possession of methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Two days after the couple was arrested, a person assisting the couple in watching over the family's pets allegedly discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia and called the Sheriff's Office. She had her other three children, boys ages 2, 4, and 8, with her.
His 26-year-old common law wife Christenson waited inside the store with their two sons and one son she had from a previous relationship. The father didn't want to separate the boy from his siblings, so he took the other children into his custody as well.
Panicked Wilde grabbed the auto seat and tried to flee through another door. 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.
Police also listed theft and child abuse as possible charges.
Wilde and Christenson are the parents of the other three children. If there is a known history of drug use by a mother, then her baby will be evaluated and if necessary, receive treatment for withdrawal symptoms. Also lying around was Suboxone, some of it in pill form, the rest of it crushed.
The oldest boy, who is not Mr Wilde's son, is now in the custody of his biological father who is understood to now be caring for all four children.
Over the next couple of weeks, the Deputy who obtained the search warrant continued to investigate this case.
Reports state that the incident came to light on April 9, the day the girl was born at the Utah Valley Hospital.
Cash-only bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000.
The couple went out on bail, but they were arrested again on July 18, after police went to the house with a search warrant and found Wilde smoking heroin.
Police managed to stop his vehicle and arrest Wilde, who was charged with suspicion of DUI, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having no insurance.