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Felicia Farruggia and Rhianna Frenette

Police: New Hampshire woman ‘shoots up’ heroin while giving birth

by Leigh Egan

A Concord, New Hampshire, woman is facing charges after authorities accused her of having a friend shoot her up with meth and heroin while she was delivering her baby. Details surrounding the case were released to the public for the first time on Wednesday.

CBS Boston reports that Felicia Farruggia, 29, (pictured on the left) was in “full labor and giving birth to a baby boy” while still at home, but she reportedly refused to let her friends call for help until someone brought her drugs. Investigators stated that Farruggia convinced  Rhianna Frenette, 37, (pictured on the right) to supply her with and shoot her up with a mixture of heroin and methamphetamines.

According to Concord police report, Frenette used an unsanitary needle filled with drugs to inject Farruggia.

“Frenette attempted to inject Farruggia with an unsanitary syringe at least once before she successfully delivered a dose of the drug.”

After she had drugs in system, someone dialed 911. Within minutes, paramedics arrived and while placing her on board, Farruggia delivered a baby boy. Both Farruggia and the infant were taken to Concord hospital. They remained there for several days. Afterwards, the state took custody of the baby.

Farruggia and Frennette were arrested. Both are facing charges of reckless conduct.

The story is still developing. Check back with Crime Online later, as additional details become available.

[Feature Photo: Concord PD]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.