BROOKSVILLE — A 37-year-old transient was charged with child abuse on Thursday after she admitted injecting an opiate pain reliever into a 16-year-old girl, authorities say.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the teen told investigators on May 15 that Meghan Hughes-White had injected her with Dialudid — a brand name for hydromorphone — when the two were staying at the Days Inn in Ridge Manor West earlier that month.
The teen said Hughes-White had told her she didn't know what she was missing by not injecting the drug, according to investigators. The next morning, detectives say, Hughes-White gave the girl methadone to prevent her from getting sick while coming down from the high.
Detectives located Hughes-White on Thursday. In an interview after her arrest, she admitted placing a needle into the girl's arm and injecting a dose of Dialudid into her vein, the Sheriff's Office said.
Hughes-White remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Friday in lieu of $5,000 bail.