Woman in labor demanded injection of heroin and meth

Woman in labor demanded injection of heroin and meth

Police in New Hampshire say a woman in labor demanded a friend inject her with heroin and methamphetamine before firefighters arrived and she gave birth in an ambulance.

Felicia Farruggia, a 29-year-old living in New Hampshire, was in "full labor and giving birth to a baby boy" at her home in September.

"Rhianna Frenette, 37, did and "[injected] Farruggia with an unsanitary syringe at least once before she successfully delivered a dose of [meth and heroin]". Authorities took Farruggia and the newborn to Concord Hospital where they stayed for several days. After that, a roommate called 911.

The judge accepted the states' recommendation for bail, holding Frenette on $25,000 cash bail, $20,000 for the felony, and $5,000 for the misdemeanor, until she is able to get an attorney. It wasn't immediately known whether they had attorneys; the public defender's office in Concord said it had no record that the cases were assigned.

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"As for Frenette, she allegedly explained to police that she administered the injection because "[She's] a people pleaser". Urine tests revealed that the child's system was littered with methamphetamine, benzodiazepine, and amphetamine. The woman also pointed out that she first declined, but quickly reconsidered after Farruggia became violent and locked herself in the bathroom. She claimed Frenette had heroin and told her "it would take the edge off". She said she didn't stop Frenette from injecting her. When asked by police 'why, ' Frenette said she thought injecting her with the drug would actually help her by calming her down and easing the pain, according to court testimony.

Police stated in documents that the baby was able to breathe on his own, but was breathing very rapidly, which may have been caused by the mother's drug use. Frenette said she took a used needle provided by someone else and "shot out probably more than half" of the substance inside it before injecting the rest into Farruggia.

Both women were arrested this week.

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