CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – A mother in New Hampshire is facing charges after police say she ordered a friend to shoot her up with heroin and meth while she was giving birth.

The incident happened back in September, but Concord police released details for the first time on Wednesday.

“Complete disregard really for the value of human life,” said Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford.

Felicia Farruggia. (Photo credit: Concord, NH Police)

They say 29-year-old Felicia Farruggia was in “full labor and giving birth to a baby boy” at a home on Elmwood Avenue, but she refused to let anyone call 911 for help until she got some drugs.

According to investigators, Farruggia asked 37-year-old Rhianna Frenette to give her heroin and methamphetamines.

Rhianna Frenette. (Photo credit: Concord, NH Police)

“Frenette attempted to inject Farruggia with an unsanitary syringe at least once before she successfully delivered a dose of the drug,”police said in a statement.

An ambulance arrived moments later and as EMTs were putting her on board, Farruggia delivered a baby boy.

She and the newborn were rushed to Concord Hospital where they were admitted for several days.

The baby was put into state custody and remains there.

Sources told WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud that Farruggia has multiple other children also in state custody.

A boarded up Concord, N.H. home where a woman allegedly demanded to be shot up with drugs while she was in labor. (WBZ-TV)

Farruggia and Frennette were both arrested this week and charged with reckless conduct.

“I’m a people pleaser,” Frennette allegedly told authorities when asked why she gave Faruggia the injection.

Police told WBZ-TV the investigation took so long because they had to wait for toxicology reports and needed witnesses to cooperate.

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Comments (17)
    1. Dave Fay says:

      and full frontal lobotomy

  1. When morphine’s not strong enough for you, you know you have a problem.

  2. Why were they not charged with endangering a child for giving and receiving that drug injection?

  3. She was arrested for endangering the baby? If she had gone to planned parenthood it would be a choice.

  4. No surprise. Here in the hospital that I work in, 1/3 of maternity patients are positive for some type of drug and I would suspect many more took them but just didn’t get caught. Ours have a problem getting places and are without a vehicle so they call an ambulance, get checked in OB ER, walk out and take the free, hospital provided, taxi to Walmart (true), which is where they really wanted to go. Taxpayer freebie. Think there needs to be healthcare reform yet?

  5. WHO be de baby daddy??? She need to get back to work on de corner!

  6. sadly if she hadn’t taken the heroin and/or meth the baby could have gone thru withdrawal much sooner and possibly died. She prob. saved the baby. Lord knows she was using throughout the pregnancy.

  7. Addiction is horrible, yet we still have unparalleled opposition to border control of these particular drugs. Remember this story when President Trump is building “the wall” and a few hundred loonies are demonstrating against it – gotta wonder what their motivation is.

  8. Getting a shot of heroin a few minutes before giving birth really isn’t likely to damage the baby. In fact, it is sometimes given to mothers who are having extremely painful labor. See (and yes, diamorphine is simply the medical name for heroin, they are one and the same substance). So perhaps the reaction here is a bit overblown.

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