With his 2-month-old daughter in a auto seat, Wilde took items off the shelves and then brought them to customer service as if he had already purchased them, looking for a refund, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon. He was given a cash card for the items, but as he left the store with his two-month-old daughter, employees confronted him about the purported theft.
As investigators pressed the couple about their drug use, they reportedly admitted that they started crushing up narcotics and putting it on their newborn's gums the very day she was born, while still in the hospital.
Authorities took custody of the girl and her three brothers, aged two, four and eight.
Witnesses told law enforcement they saw the suspect take items from a shelf and then return them to customer service as if he had purchased them.
During the widening investigation, the infant was taken to a hospital where it tested positive for methamphetamine, heroin, and morphine.
The parents later admitted to police Wilde applied some of the crushed Suboxone pills to the infant's gums just after she was born to "mask signs of addiction from hospital staff".
The infant's addiction happened because of the mother's irresponsible acts when she used heroin and prescription pain medication, during her pregnancy. The vehicle seat rolled several times as Wilde let go of it. Wilde picked up the auto seat and ran out a different door.
Lacey Christenson, 26, was using drugs while she was pregnant.
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The police searched the couple's house which led them to find drug paraphernalia and Suboxone pills in various areas of the house - including next to a cot and child's cup. He slammed into the sliding doors, dropping the auto seat and his daughter, which rolled several times.
The couple was busted in June when authorities searched their home in an unrelated case. He ran with her baby daughter to avoid getting caught, but eventually, he handed the baby to a stranger and drove away in his vehicle. Christenson, who was with her three other children at the Walmart, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. Eventually, deputies did catch him in a nearby parking lot.
Christenson was charged July 7 in 4th District Court with child endangerment, a third-degree felony, plus drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, class B misdemeanors.
Christenson was inside Walmart with Wilde when the theft occurred. It was there police learnt the shocking story of the infant girl.
Deputies immediately investigated and discovered drugs and paraphernalia in the home.
While the couple was in jail, a woman taking care of their pets called authorities after she found drug paraphernalia in the home.
The couple remains in jail, as their bail was set at $10,000 each. Cannon said when deputies served it on Tuesday, they found Wilde inside his residence smoking heroin. The father didn't want to separate the boy from his siblings, so he took the other children into his custody as well.
Wilde fled the scene - after dropping a auto seat holding his infant child multiple times - but was arrested a short time later, according to police, who charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without insurance, theft and child abuse.