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A woman accused of injecting a Concord mother with narcotics while she was in “full-blown labor” has reached a plea deal with county prosecutors.

Rhianna Frenette, 38, is scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court for a plea and sentencing hearing. Frenette is charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct in connection with the incident this past

Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, is led into her arraignment Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Concord District Court.


Deputy County Attorney Catherine Ruffle and defense attorney Emma Sisti met with Judge John Kissinger Jr. early Friday to discuss the status of the case. A conference order issued after the hearing notes that a plea deal was reached, but does not provide any further details about the terms of the agreement.

News of the plea deal comes just two days after Frenette’s former housemate Felicia Farruggia pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct, for allowing Frenette to inject her with a syringe filled with heroin at their Elmwood Avenue apartment. Farruggia received a one-year jail sentence, with credit for 72 days already served, and two years probation.

Attorneys also recommended her participation in the county’s Successful Offender Adjustment and Re-entry program, which operates out of the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen and is being remodeled to include a community aftercare component.

Since Concord police arrested both women in March, their stories have gained national headlines. Frenette remains incarcerated at the county jail pending the resolution of her case.

On the evening of September 15, 2016, Frenette heard Farruggia screaming and begging for heroin, and found her laying on the bathroom floor in labor, according to a police affidavit. Frenette saw the syringe and offered to inject the drug to help “take the edge off,” the affidavit says.

Farruggia’s boyfriend, Christopher Wathen, called 911 for an ambulance and poked his head in the bathroom to see Frenette sitting next to his girlfriend holding a syringe. Wathen later said to police he told Frenette not to inject her.

Frenette, who later confessed she was likely high on methamphetamine at the time, jabbed a dirty needle into Farruggia’s arm, but had to pull it out as another contraction came. After it had passed, she plunged the needle in a second time and successfully delivered a dose of the drug, the affidavit says.

Farruggia was still on the bathroom floor, with her baby’s head crowning when paramedics arrived at the apartment.

She ultimately delivered a baby boy in the driveway as EMTs carried her to the waiting ambulance. The baby was placed in state custody following his birth.

No heroin was found in the mother or the baby when they were tested at Concord Hospital, even though they tested positive for other drugs, including methamphetamine and amphetamine. Farruggia also tested positive for benzodiazepines, a type of anti-anxiety drug, according to court records.



Felicia Farruggia, 29, of Concord, demanded that Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, inject her with Methamphetamine while in labor with her son


Felicia Farruggia pleads guilty in Concord to getting Methamphetamine injection while giving birth


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