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NH woman accused of shooting up friend during labor says courts 'ruining her life'

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A Belmont woman accused of injecting her friend with heroin while she was in labor claims the court system is "ruining her life."

Rhianna Frenette, 37, is faced with one felony reckless conduct charge for placing L.F. in danger during his birth and a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge for injecting Felicia Farruggia, the mother, with heroin while she was in labor.

READ: Police: NH woman injected friend giving birth with heroin using dirty needle

Frenette said that she saw Farruggia on the floor in the bathroom, in pain because of contractions, the prosecutor said in court. Frenette said Farruggia had been trying to shoot up herself but was unable to do so and broke the needle. That's when Frenette decided to help Farruggia, according to court testimony.

"(Fernette) tried to inject the needle, was having a contraction, so she pulled the needle out, waited for her to have the contraction, and then proceeded to inject her with the heroin," the prosecutor read aloud from the incident report. "She said that (Farruggia) was in full blown labor and essentially mutilating herself with the needle."

The attorney claims that Frenette described the reason for doing this as she said she's a "people pleaser." She only wanted to do what the involved person asked her to do. She also mentioned that the house they were at was not a place they wanted the police to be called to because a lot of drug users resided there. It was explained to her that she could have just called 9-1-1, and her attitude was she probably could have, the prosecutor said.

Farruggia has a heart condition due to her incessant drug use, which Frenette allegedly knew of when she injected her with heroin. When asked by police 'why,' Frenette said she thought injecting her with the drug would actually help her by calming her down and easing the pain, according to court testimony.

READ: NH mother accused of being injected with heroin while in labor pleads for recovery program

Frenette is on parole and is not doing well, the prosecutor said.

Frenette's record indicates a B misdemeanor, a possession of controlled drugs charge in 1998, a burglary charge in 2013 with 12 months committed, a burglary charge with 1½ to three years suspended for seven years, a false report charge with six months suspended in 2012, a violation of probation with one to three years committed in 2015 with two to five year sentence, two years suspended.

The judge accepted the states' recommendation for bail, holding Frenette on $25,000 cash bail, $20,000 for the felony, and $5,000 for the misdemeanor, until she is able to get an attorney. The judge pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge on Frenette's behalf.

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