Disturbing reports of tampered with candy have been recorded in Fostoria, Ohio over Halloween weekend, according to the police.
The Fostoria Police Division urged area parents to check on their children’s holiday treats after an unidentified child reported finding a sewing needle stuck inside a KitKat bar they received. Following the KitKat bar report, the division received a second call about another sewing needle — this time in a Sour Patch Kids bag, Police Chief Keith Loreno told USA TODAY.
“Why would anyone do this? We’ve all heard of this stuff, but to have someone do this in our community is truly disturbing,” Fostoria police wrote in a Facebook post.
So far, the two incidents are the only ones reported. Loreno noted that the two children were unrelated and no one was hurt. Loreno said the house and location where the doctored sweets came from is still unknown.
“When we got the first call, we wondered if this was a prank gone wrong. But then we got the second call,” Loreno told USA TODAY on Monday.
“The key message is that if parents have concerns, just throw the candy away,” he continued. “You never know what the outcome will be, but hopefully someone will come forward.”
Experts point out that doctored sweets are very rare. In 2019, Joel Best, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware told CBC News that he had identified around 200 confirmed cases (which break down to just over 3 each year) of candy tampering in the United States and Canada since 1958 – adding that “the vast majority were hoaxes”.
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“Ultimately, I found no evidence that a child was killed or injured by a contaminated treat picked up by tricks or treats,” he said. says USA TODAY Last week.
However, it is important to be alert and cautious about any suspicious candies, especially candies whose packaging appears to have been tampered with.
In response to reports from Fostoria, Loreno said ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Free to provide local families with x-rays of candies given out during the local trick or treat. On Monday, at various times, parents can bring the candies to the hospital to have them scanned for metal detections.
Contributor: Nina Mandell, USA TODAY.