Police: Girl Discovers 2-Inch Needle Inside Halloween Candy

RUNNEMEDE, N.J. (CBS) — A young girl discovered a needle in her Halloween candy after trick-or-treating in Runnemede, police say.

runnemede candy Police: Girl Discovers 2 Inch Needle Inside Halloween Candy

A girl found a 2-inch sewing needle inside her Halloween candy. (credit: Runnemede Police Department)

After breaking apart a Tootsie Roll package, Charlene Wagoner says her 12-year-old daughter found a two-inch sewing needle embedded in the candy.

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“That night, my daughter was going through her candy and she pulled out a Tootsie Roll and just ripped it open, and instead of biting it, she decided to break it apart,” said Wagoner.

Wagoner added, “When she broke it apart, that’s when the needle came out.”

They took to Facebook to post a picture of a sewing needle inserted into the candy.

“My main concern was to get the word out, only because I don’t want any other kid to do that,” said Wagoner.

Police say the family had only been trick-or-treating within a four-block area around their home near Smith Lane and North Oakland Avenue. While they search for the person who did this, Wagoner says Halloween has been ruined for her children.

“She doesn’t want any of her candy, she wants to just throw it all away and we’ll probably refrain from trick-or-treating,” said Wagoner.

Police placed the candy wrapper, along with the needle, into evidence.

“Our officers went there. They retrieved the candy bar, along with the wrapper and needle, and took the girl’s candy,” said Runnemede Police Chief Paul Dailey.

There were no other reports of product tampering in the area.

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Police are investigating the incident.

Wagoner says Halloween has been ruined for her children.

“She doesn’t want any of her candy, neither does her first-grade sister. They want to throw it all away and probably they’re going to refrain from trick-or-treating,” said Wagoner.

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