Mom who demanded heroin injection during labor gets jail time

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New Hampshire mom Felicia Farruggia (29,pictured left) has been sentenced to a year in jail for demanding that her friend Rhianna Frenette inject her with heroin and meth while she was giving birth to her baby boy last September. She asked that no one so much as call 911 until they’d given her some illegal pain relief.

Frennette said that she complied with her friend’s child endangering request because, “I’m a people pleaser.” Although Farruggia was begging for heroin, meth was the drug she was injected with – possibly because it may have been the only drug available in the home at the time.




According to police, 37-year old Frenette “attempted to inject Farruggia with an unsanitary syringe at least once before she successfully delivered a dose of the drug.” Firefighters responded to the eventual 911 call, but only got her as far as an ambulance before she delivered the baby. She had waited too long in her labor to seek medical help. Both Farruggia and her infant spent days in the hospital after birth, and the child was taken in by the state. She also has “multiple” other children in currently in state custody.

In court Wednesday Farrugia owned up to her reckless behavior. “I have no excuse for the sad and horrific events that led up to the birth of my son on Sept. 15, 2016,” she said. “I am, however, fortunate to be standing here today before you, not only alive and well, but a different person. Most importantly, for the life of my child. Addiction is a horrible disease, one that I will spend the rest of my life fighting.”

Farrugia plead guilty to reckless conduct and will possibly get out early if she agrees to attend a drug counseling program. Frenette, who has been charged with two counts of reckless conduct, is still awaiting trial. Their defense attorneys were able to reduce their charges down to misdemeanors by arguing that a syringe filled with drugs shouldn’t be considered a deadly weapon.

PHOTO CREDIT: CONCORD NH POLICE



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  • Mandy Farruggia

    Out of all the uncommon names in the world…..

    • savannah

      Oh jeez…very unfortunate.

    • Renee L

      Haha I had to go back up and check her first name to see if it was her posting on Starcasm from jail.

      • Mandy Farruggia

        No way! 2 kids and not on drugs over here ??? just unfortunate last name luck lol

    • Aussie cathie

      Farruggia is amongst one of the most common names of Maltese origin world wide?

      • Mandy Farruggia

        Well ’round here in West Virginia it’s very uncommon ?

  • It’s me

    Great mom
    Had a few kids that the state took away, then had another kid..why?
    I guess having a kid that the state takes away is cheaper than an abortion.

    • Drea

      Or, you know, abortion clinics have been legislated out of existence.

  • Aussie cathie

    Those poor innocent babies

  • savannah

    Has anyone seen the Johnny Knoxville docu “Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia”? The chick in that was snorting speed off the bedside table in the hospital minutes after giving birth. Addiction in North America is in a really dire place. What I don’t understand is why after having children already taken away this woman wouldn’t think to take permanent action to not get pregnant again…I suppose that an addict only thinks of one thing, clearly. I’m not about government making decisions about my sexual health, but I think in cases like this there should be court mandated birth control given. The shot, an IUD…something. My prayers are with her children, and this innocent baby who have been brought into the ugly world of addiction with no say in the matter.

    • Mandy Farruggia

      I live in West Virginia and I’ve still never seen that. I do know our state is over taken with opiate addiction. Isn’t there a law that actually will give an addict a pretty decent amount of money in exchange for them getting “fixed”?

    • Caty P. :)

      The documentary you mentioned really is crazy to watch. When I saw it on tv I was like, is this scripted or just super effed up?? (The latter.)

      There’s another doc on hbogo called ‘Heroin: Cape Cod, USA,’ that’s pretty sobering. I live near there and felt like I was watching friends of friends ruining their lives. Very freaking sad 🙁