ELK RIDGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A couple is behind bars after police say a lengthy investigation revealed they were giving drugs to three of their children. Investigators discovered the couple gave opioid drugs to their newborn daughter before they even left the hospital.
ABC4 has broken down the investigation into a timeline. The parents, 26-year-old Lacey Dawn Christenson and 29-year-old Colby Glen Wilde are from Elk Ridge. Christenson is the common law wife of Wilde.
April 9, 2017
Baby born addicted to drugs. Police say Wilde applied crushed Suboxone pills to infant’s gums while nurses and medical staff were out of the room. Parents discussed with friends how to hide drug infant drug dependency from hospital staff.
June 26, 2017 The Walmart Incident
3 pm: Wilde enters Spanish Fork Walmart acting erratically and carrying his 2-month-old baby in a car seat. Witnesses tell police he took items from a shelf and then walked over to customer service to “return” the items. He was given a cash card for the stolen items.
As he left the store an employee confronted him. He ran, carrying the car seat, into the sliding doors and dropped the car seat causing it to roll. He then picked up the car seat and ran out of a different door. As he ran away, the car seat collided with a pillar, baby still inside. He dropped his daughter again.
Several people try to stop him. He hands his daughter to them and takes off in his car.
A deputy with Utah County Sheriff’s Office stops him in the parking lot. He is arrested for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no insurance.
Later a 3rd degree felony of child abuse and theft was added.
Police say Christenson was also in Walmart at the time. She had three other boys ages 2, 4, and 8 with her at the time. Officers ended up taking her into custody on an outstanding warrant.
The baby girl was checked out at the hospital. The father of the 8-year-old boy took custody of him as well as the other children because he didn’t want to have to separate the young boy from his other siblings, officials said. (To clarify, police confirm the infant, 2-year-old, and 4-year-old are all children of Wilde and Christenson.)
June 28, 2017 Search Warrant Executed
Wilde and Christenson are still in jail.
Police are contacted by a woman who says she was asked to care for their home in Elk Ridge. She said when she arrived she found drug paraphernalia. The Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and found drugs in several different areas of the home including next to a baby bassinet and a child’s sippy cup.
Several drugs were found in the home including Suboxone, found in crushed form. Police say Wild admitted this was the same drug they gave to the infant in the hospital.
“Because all four children, who had been living in the home, could be in dangerous proximity to the paraphernalia and prescription pills, Deputies added four counts each for Wilde and Christenson of child endangerment, a third-degree felony. Wilde was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. “
Baby, 2-year-old, and 4-year-old all test positive for methamphetamine. The baby also tested positive for heroin and morphine.
Christenson released from jail for her warrant (for which she was originally booked).
Wilde posts $7,500.00 bond and is released from jail.
June 28- July 18 Another Search Warrant Served
“As part of this case investigators developed information that Wilde and Christenson were using drugs again and they obtained another search warrant for the house in Elk Ridge. When investigators served the search warrant they found Wilde smoking heroin.”
Wilde and Christenson are arrested on July 18. They both test positive for methamphetamine and opiates.
“Because they administered drugs to the newborn child they were booked for distribution of a controlled substance in a drug free zone, a first-degree felony,” police said.
They were both also booked for possession by use of heroin and methamphetamine, endangerment of a child, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bail for Wilde and Christenson has been set at $10,000.00 cash only.