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Parents Find Needle In Halloween Candy

Last updated on Friday, November 2, 2012

(CAMBY) - Parents in one Indiana community are carefully checking their kids’ candy after a mother discovered a needle inside a small candy bar her child received during trick-or-treating.

Kent Erdahl of FOX59 reports, Andrea O'Conner-Clampett said her three children were trick-or-treating in Camby in the Commons neighborhood of the Heartland Crossing Subdivision.

O'Conner-Clampett said she inspected the candy on Halloween night, but didn't notice anything wrong until she decided to grab one of her son's small candy bars Thursday.

"I reached in there and grabbed a Kit Kat like this and I felt something poking at the end," she said.

O'Conner-Clampett said she saw a small hole in the wrapper and asked her husband to take a look.

"He's like, 'Yeah, I feel something,'" she said. "So he opened it up and he broke the candy bar in half and there was a needle shoved inside the candy bar, and when he broke it in half, the needle was sticking outside the candy bar."

Andrea snapped a picture of the needle, and posted it on Facebook. She then called the Morgan County Sheriff in hopes of warning as many parents as possible.

Those who live in the Commons at Heartland Crossing told Fox59 News they were disturbed to hear that the candy came from a home in their neighborhood.

"It was somebody here in a half mile radius," said Paulette Griffith, who lives in the area and has daughters who trick-or-treated. "That's what's very scary."

Griffith said she frantically texted her daughters from work on Thursday, telling them not to eat their candy if they returned home before her. She was relieved to hear that Mooresville schools had also warned students through announcements and social media.

Parents in the area can go to St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville for some peace of mind. The hospital is providing free x-rays of Halloween candy between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

O'Conner-Clampett didn't want to wait for the hospital.

"I threw all their candy away," she said. "I can't risk my kids."

O'Conner-Clampett said she plans to buy new candy for her kids. She is also asking parents to be extra careful and discard anything that looks tampered with or suspicious.

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