A Belmont woman accused of injecting her friend with heroin while she was in labor claims the court system is "ruining her life".
The baby boy has remained in the custody of the states since the alleged incident, which took place in September, although Concord police only recently took the decision to release information about the case.
Police also arrested Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, who is accused of giving Farruggia the drugs. Farruggia wept in court Wednesday while being charged with felony reckless conduct.
According to CRIMEONLINE, Farruggia then reportedly permitted a 911 call and gave birth in the ambulance minutes after she was helped in.
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Bail was set at $25,000 for Frenette and $15,000 for Farruggia.
Both women's arrest come after investigators pieced together what happened from interviewing witnesses and obtaining more drug test results since Farruggia's son was born. The woman also pointed out that she first declined, but quickly reconsidered after Farruggia became violent and locked herself in the bathroom. She said Frenette had heroin and told her "it would take the edge off". "She said that (Farruggia) was in full blown labor and essentially mutilating herself with the needle".
She and the newborn were rushed to Concord Hospital where they were admitted for several days. To tiresome out the pain, the woman asked Frenette to inject her with a cocktail of narcotics.
The attorney claims that Frenette described the reason for doing this as she said she's a "people pleaser".
It's unclear if the child's health was affected by the alleged drug use.