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Woman in Labor Gets High on Heroin, Helped by a Friend, at Drug House: Police

Rhianna Frenette, left, helped pregnant Felicia Farruggia get high while in labor, New Hampshire cops said.  (Concord Police Dept.) Rhianna Frenette, left, helped pregnant Felicia Farruggia get high while in labor, New Hampshire cops said. (Concord Police Dept.)

A woman in labor shot up heroin and meth, with the help of a friend, just before she gave birth in an ambulance, police said Wednesday.

Felicia Farruggia, 29, was arrested this week by Concord, N.H., police. Also taken into custody was Rhianna Frenette, 37, who allegedly helped the woman inject the drugs with a dirty syringe, according to arrest warrants.

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Both are charged with felony reckless conduct. Farruggia is being held in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. Frenette, who is on parole for a previous conviction, is being held on a $25,000 cash bond.

The house where they were staying was a haven for meth and heroin users, authorities said.

“We were so appalled by what these two women did,” Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford told Wednesday. “They both have multiple other children and don’t have custody of them.”

They have not entered pleas. Farruggia told investigators she began having contractions at home and went into the bathroom, writhing in pain. Frenette injected her with heroin and meth to “take the edge off,” Farruggia told police, according to her arrest warrant.

Frenette told a somewhat different tale, saying Farruggia was screaming in agony and trying to shoot up while in full-blown labor, the document said.

Farruggia was “mutilating herself with the needle,” her friend said, and broke the syringe. Another resident of the house handed over a needle filled with heroin and Frenette injected part of that dose into Farruggia, she said.

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Meanwhile, Farruggia’s boyfriend had called 911. He told paramedics that she may have taken a dose of heroin, the affidavit said.

As paramedics wheeled her on a gurney Farruggia gave birth while being loaded into an ambulance, police said.

At the hospital, she and the baby tested positive for meth. The mother also tested positive for benzodiazepine.

The baby was placed in the custody of children’s services officials.

For the next six months, investigators said they pieced together what happened from interviewing witnesses and obtaining more drug test results.

Watch: Puppy Found Locked in Car, Barely Breathing, After Overdosing on Heroin 


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