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Parents admit giving their newborn baby girl prescription narcotics within hours of her birth, to mask the effects of heroin withdrawal.

Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, face drug and child endangerment charges after a weeks-long investigation into the couple by police in Elk Ridge, Utah.

Police say that the infant daughter tested positive for methamphetamine, heroin, and morphine, and was given withdrawal medication Suboxone at birth to hide the symptoms.

‘It makes me sick to my stomach, for a number of reasons,’ said Utah County Sheriff’s Sergeant Spencer Cannon, KUTV reported. 

‘You’ve got an infant who cannot 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,’ said Sheriff Cannon.

The baby girl was born on April 9. On the same day her parents rubbed crushed-up Suboxone on the newborns gums while nurses were distracted, in order to hide the heroin addiction the baby had been born with, according to police.

Family services found that the girl and the two youngest boys also tested positive from methamphetamine, possibly from second-hand smoke.  Read the full story here.

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  • that is so shocking to put a substance of higher importance over your own child’s life. you wanna do that @#$% then don’t get pregnant! that is so utterly selfish and disgusting! they are addicts but at least have a shred of decency!

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  • THe children of drug addicted Mums often have ongoing medical problems for a few years at least. I know of one case when the Mum definitely had a drug addiction. The grandparents have custody of her eldest child, a son, interstate. Ar 7 yhearso f age he was still having ongoing medical problems he was having constant medical treatment for. She got caught with drugs in a different state later while she was pregnant again. She had the baby in prison for a 6 months while she was breastfeeding him, then the Dad took over the care of him. As far as I know the Dad got permanent custody of him.
    I’m not sure how long she was in gaol for the 2nd time

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  • Some people just shouldn’t ever be parents. Do hope their children are put into a loving foster home – never to be returned to the parents who are currently behind bars.

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  • I hope they never ever get these children back – how disgusting and cruel and selfish are these people – hope the children are put with families who will love them and treat them so much better than their parents did – just disgraceful

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  • umm, I may sound mean but I wouldn’t have the children near them until they clean themselves up after few years before getting their children back. its just plain stupidity

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  • Not only should they be locked up for what they’ve done, but a vasectomy and tubes tied should also be an option so that they never have children again. So sad what these children have already gone through.

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  • My youngest is in our care since she was 5 weeks old. She doesn’t know better then I’m her mum. She has Down syndrome and was born with methamphetamine, benzodiazepine, methadone, opiates and morphine in her system. Her sister was 3years old when she was removed out of parents care, although she didn’t have substances in her system, the psychological damage is bigger. From nearby is see the parents are filled with shame, guilt and depression. They’re trying but are not able. A world of pain goes behind their story. My heart goes out to the parents of the girls I have in permanent care and I pray one day they will be able to manage to break with their old habits and life.


    • It’s amazing what you do, Ellen! And the chance for a better life you give to so many kids. :-)

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  • I hope bub recovers fully,

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  • I hope they’re never allowed near children again!

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  • A shocking story and shocking parents,they deserved to be locked up.

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  • It’s disgusting!! Poor little girl!! Terrible people really!!

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