Utah family takes in 4 siblings after newborn given drugs in hospital

Family takes in 4 siblings after newborn given drugs in hospital (Photo: Dan Rascon / KUTV)

(KUTV) A baby made headlines when her parents allegedly gave the newborn drugs in the hospital, hours after her birth, to mask that she was born an addict. The baby, and her siblings are all being cared for by a single family that is related to the oldest of four children.

The parents of the baby, -- Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26, both of Elk Ridge, Utah -- were arrested.

Last week the 3-month-old baby girl, and their other children, ages 2, and 4, were taken from their home after the parents, Wild and Christenson, were arrested. A 9-year-old, Christenson's son -- but not Wilde's -- was also taken from the home.

The biological father of the oldest child showed up to pick up his son from state custody. But the couple just couldn't leave the other kids behind.

"Imaging what my son is going through and they are going through the same thing. We just wanted to keep them all together there was no questions about it," father Stetson Steele said.

"So many emotions. Furious, heartbroken to see what these kids are currently going through and how they are being effected long term," said Sami Steele. "They are innocent and don't deserve any of that."

The Steeles are just a couple of months away from celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary and they have a baby on the way.

"We went from no kids full time to four kids full time," Sami Steele said.

It hasn't come without hardship. All three kids who tested positive for drugs have been going through withdrawal.

"We've had sleep walking and screaming in the middle of the night," Sami Steele said. She said the baby girl has also been acting up at times.

"Babies get hungry, and she'll cry, but she's not hungry for a bottle. That's been really hard for us because there is nothing we can do."

But they are making it work.

"Right now we are just facing the problems that are right here in front of us," Stetson Steele said.

The Steeles said they have not made any decision on whether to make an effort to adopt the other three children. They said they are just taking it one day at a time.

Their family has set up a GoFundMe account and a Wells Fargo account to help with the sudden added expenses. The Wells Fargo account is under the name Steele's Fostering Fund, account #3237452283.

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