Drug and Substance Abuse

New Hampshire women facing charges after one allegedly used dirty syringe to inject other with narcotics during childbirth

Felicia Farruggia, left, allegedly requested narcotics while in labor, and Rhianna Frenette, right, is accused of injecting them.

Felicia Farruggia, left, allegedly requested narcotics while in labor, and Rhianna Frenette, right, is accused of injecting them.  (Concord New Hampshire Police )

Two New Hampshire women are facing reckless conduct charges after one allegedly used a dirty syringe to inject the other with narcotics, after she reportedly requested the drugs during childbirth.

Felicia Farruggia, 29, reportedly refused to allow anyone to call 911 while she was in labor until she received the drugs, The Boston Globe reported.

Rhianna Frenette, 37, allegedly supplied Farruggia with the drugs, which police believe was methamphetamine, during the September incident, according to the report.

“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 news release.

When paramedics did arrive, Farruggia delivered a baby boy in the driveway while en route to a waiting ambulance. She and the child were taken to a hospital, and the baby was placed in state custody, police said. His urine tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.

“That’s probably the best place he could be,” Lt. Sean Ford, of the Concord Police Department, told The Boston Globe.

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Ford told the news outlet that Farruggia, who also tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepine, has other children who are also in state custody.

“This case is just, honestly, absolutely appalling in my mind,” Ford said, according to the Associated Press. “No one died, but the risk to that child and to the mother. … This stuff is just getting out of control.”

Bail was set at $25,000 for Frenette and $15,000 for Farruggia.