Mother of baby born with drugs in system surrenders
The admitted child abuser who had been put on the Park City Police Department’s most wanted list after not appearing for her sentencing turned herself in to the authorities in Salt Lake City and has since been transferred to the Summit County Jail.
Constance Villa surrendered to a desk officer at the police station in Salt Lake City 3:30 p.m. at on Tuesday. She was booked into the metro jail in Salt Lake County and then was brought to the Summit County Jail that day. She remained incarcerated on Friday. Bail is set at $25,000, cash only.
No sentencing date has been set. She faces a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine.
Villa in August pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of child abuse. Her sentencing was scheduled on Oct. 29. She did not appear for the sentencing and an arrest warrant was issued. The Police Department added her to its most wanted list. The police created a wanted flier with her mug shot and posted it on the department’s section of City Hall’s website.
Villa is 25 years old and last known to live on the 1500 block of Park Avenue.
Prosecutors said in charging documents Villa gave birth to a boy in late 2011 who was found to have drugs in his system, prompting the child abuse charge. The prosecutors said the boy was born with medical conditions and was flown by medical helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment.
Blood was drawn from the mother and child, and both were found to have drugs in their systems, the prosecutors said. The charging documents indicated the boy was in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital for approximately six weeks. The treatment included giving him morphine to reduce the symptoms of drug withdrawal, the prosecutors said.
The state took custody of the boy and placed him in a foster home.
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