Felicia Farruggia, 29, was arrested this week, about six months after her son was born. He is in state custody.
US Police also arrested friend, Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, who is accused of giving Ms Farruggia the drugs.
They’re charged with the felony reckless conduct. Ms Frenette also faces a misdemeanour count on the same offence, reports 7 news.
“This case is just, honestly, absolutely appalling in my mind,” Lieutenant Sean Ford said. “No one died, but the risk to that child and to the mother… This stuff is just getting out of control.”
It has been alleged Ms Frenette used an unsanitary syringe to try to inject her friend at least once before she was successful.
After that, Ms Farruggia’s boyfriend called 911. Shortly afterward, firefighters arrived, and Ms Farruggia gave birth while entering the ambulance.
A police affidavit said while at the hospital, the baby was in a stable condition but was breathing rapidly, something that could have been caused by a number of conditions.
His urine was positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. His mother’s urine was positive for those drugs and benzodiazepine.
According to the affidavit, Ms Farruggia said she started having contractions, went to the bathroom and lay on the floor.
She asked her friend to come in, as she was screaming and crying and said, “I can’t do this,” – referring to the labour pain.
She said Ms Frenette had heroin and told her “it would take the edge off.” She said she didn’t stop her from injecting the drug.
However Ms Frenette told police that when she went into the bathroom, she saw Ms Farruggia trying to inject herself, essentially “mutilating herself with the needle,” which broke.
Ms Frenette told police she acknowledged that what she did was wrong, but believed that Ms Farruggia would have injected herself with more of the drug, believed to be heroin, if she hadn’t intervened. Ms Frenette also admitted she herself was likely high on methamphetamine.
Both women have criminal records. Farruggia also has been involved in “guardianship of a minor” cases, an individual parenting petition and a custody petition, going back to 2005.
Hopefully that tiny baby finds a loving home to keep him safe in the future.
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