UTAH COUNTY, UT — On June 28, a woman in charge of keeping an eye on an incarcerated Elk Ridge couple's pets ended up finding something in the house that prompted her to call police — drugs.
The couple, 29-year-old Colby Wilde and 26-year-old Lacey Christenson, were found to possess loads of illegal drugs when deputies arrived and searched inside their home. They had already been jailed two days earlier when the couple brought their young children with them to Walmart to steal items.
In that Walmart shoplifting incident on June 26, Wilde was charged with serious drug offenses and Christenson for an outstanding warrant. Their children were taken away from them.
Considering the disturbing number of drugs found in the parents' home, the children were evaluated at the hospital. The two youngest boys were found to have meth in their system and more disturbingly, the couple's 2-month-old infant daughter tested positive for meth, heroin and morphine.
The mother admitted to using hard drugs during her pregnancy. Fearing hospital staff would notice signs of drug addiction and dependency in her newborn, she told police she gave her baby drugs the day she was born while still in the hospital to quell the infant's withdrawal symptoms, smearing crushed pills of controlled substances on her daughter's lips.
Further police investigation warranted additional felony drug and child endangerment charges.