Florida man arrested for making youngster overdose on fentanyl while trying to see if he could pass a drug test

Charges against Scott Honeycutt include severe child abuse and evidence tampering and he was freed after posting a $12,500 bond

Florida man arrested for making youngster overdose on fentanyl while trying to see if he could pass a drug test
Scott Honeycutt has been arrested for allegedly giving a child fentanyl to see if they would test positive during a drug test (Charlotte County Sheriff's Office)
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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA: A Florida man has been detained after he gave fentanyl to a youngster to see whether they would test positive for drugs. In August, Scott Honeycutt, 43, contacted 911 to report that a child had overdosed in his home after ingesting an unidentified drug. Charlotte County Fire and EMS rushed to his house in the South Gulf Cove neighbourhood near Ingraham Boulevard and Olsen Street. When cops arrived on the scene, Honeycutt informed them that the victim required Narcan, a medicine used to counteract the effects of opioids. Still, he claimed to be unaware of the substance the youngster had consumed.

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As per Wink News, the child seemed frail and pale. When they arrived, police discovered a cut straw and white powder in the victim's room. The powder eventually was discovered to be fentanyl. The juvenile admitted to obtaining the substance when questioned. Detectives looked for Honeycutt's workbag but were unable to locate it. The victim initially claimed that Honeycutt had provided them with the substance, but they modified their story later saying they took it without his knowledge. 

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According to bodycam video, the bag was on the table when the cops entered, but when they left again, it had been relocated. According to a report given to the sheriff's office by the Department of Children and Families, Honeycutt gave the victim the narcotics to see if he could pass a drug test.

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Police discovered a container of fake urine while searching his car, adding credence to the DCF's account. When police brought Honeycutt in for questioning, he said he had no idea what medications the victim had taken. Charges against Honeycutt include severe child abuse and evidence tampering. He was freed after posting a $12,500 bond. The identity of the victim or their relation to Honeycutt has not been made public.

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A similar case was reported in Salt Lake City, Utah. As per CBS KUTV, a man and woman were detained after giving their newborn daughter medication the day she was born. Charges of drug distribution and endangering children were brought against Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and Lacey Dawn Christenson, 26. The infant was born drug-dependent as Christenson had been using heroin and prescription painkillers during her pregnancy. Authorities said that parents of infants with drug addictions frequently crush suboxone or methadone and rub it on the infant's gums to cover up any evidence of addiction. After the kid was born on April 9, Wilde acknowledged applying powdered suboxone tablets on the infant's gums while nurses and other medical personnel were absent, according to authorities. The painkiller suboxone is used for the treatment of addiction.

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If you or anyone you know suspects child abuse, you are urged to immediately call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential and the hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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