Ex-girlfriend poisoned teen’s sports drink, Johnston County deputies say


Makayla Gwen Bridges in a photo from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) – A teen’s ex-girlfriend poisoned his sports drink with bleach and dish detergent Thursday, forcing the victim to the hospital for emergency treatment, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident happened just after 5:45 p.m. Thursday at a Weatherspoon Lane home just south of Wilsons Mills, according to an incident report and Johnston County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Caldwell.

The incident was originally dispatched as an overdose, the incident report said.

The investigation revealed a 17-year-old boy drank from a Gatorade bottle he thought contained the sports drink, Caldwell said.

The teen victim had a burning in his throat, began vomiting and had abdominal pains just after drinking from the bottle, Caldwell said.

He was rushed to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield and is expected to recover from the incident, officials said.

Makayla Gwen Bridges, 18, of Apex, who is the victim’s ex-girlfriend, was charged in the incident, according to Caldwell.

Bridges was charged with distributing noxious food causing harm. A Dawn dishwashing liquid bottle was taken into evidence, according to the incident report.

Bridges was held at the Johnston County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

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