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Two needles found in Holly Springs Halloween candy

Posted November 3, 2015

— Holly Springs police said Tuesday that they are investigating after a child in the Lakeside subdivision found a needle Saturday night in his Halloween candy.

Ada Melendez was stunned when her 9-year-old son, Christopher, told her that he had found a needle in his candy bar.

"He bit it with the side of his teeth and that's when he felt the metal," said Melendez.

Melendez notified police Monday night and said the needle was found in a Snickers Fun Size candy bar. Police then inspected the rest of Christopher's stash of Halloween candy and found a second needle. Like the first, it was embedded in an unopened, seemingly perfectly packaged Snickers Fun Size candy bar.

Melendez said that although her son was not injured, the incident has taken an emotional toll.

"Just not being able to protect my son, my children makes me feel helpless that I can't protect them," said Melendez.

Holly Springs police urged parents to be vigilant in checking each piece of candy that children received. Authorities recommend breaking open individual pieces of candy rather than simply inspecting the wrapper.

American Family Care / AFC Doctors Express, at 101 Maynard Crossing Court in Cary, was offering free candy X-rays on a walk-in basis.

Dr. Sameer Maroof, a doctor with AFC Doctors Express, placed needles inside several candy bars at his office, in order to demonstrate how difficult they are to spot without X-ray technology.

"We'll be able to tell within minutes to see if there's anything in the candy that shouldn't be there," said Maroof.

Anyone who discovers candy that appears to have been tampered with should call the Holly Springs Police Department at 919-557-9111. Police also advised that parents take advantage of doctor's offices that offer to X-ray candy.

"We would like to know if there are other bars out there, of course, but not at the expense of a child getting injured," said Holly Springs Police Chief John Herring.

Holly Springs police have gone door to door in the Lakeside neighborhood and said that they are continuing to investigate the incident.

A spokesperson for Mars, Inc., which manufactures Snickers, issued the following statement in response to the incident:

"Food safety and product quality are of paramount importance to us. To ensure that products leave our factories in the highest quality condition, all of our products are manufactured using strict quality control procedures which includes rigorous metal detection standards. We are in full cooperation with local authorities and will continue to investigate this matter."


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  • Mark Colyer Nov 4, 2015
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    It was a disgruntled Snickers employee...

  • Megan Alto Nov 3, 2015
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    buy a metal detector and check your own candy. seems odd it is happening all over, something isnt adding up

  • Scott Wharton Nov 3, 2015
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    I'd be more willing to bet it was perpetrated by the mother. But you never know.

  • Cora Blue Nov 3, 2015
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    It's the only time of year we dress up our kids, let them go around to strangers (I didn't) and beg for handouts which may or may not have been tampered with. My bet goes on a teenager in the house who pilfered mom's sewing kit and pushed a few stick pins in the snickers bar to raise a ruckus. Mom of teens in Holly Springs- go look under you munchkins bed and see if you find your sewing kit.
    Blame game- falls on the parents. Not every one is enamored with your princess or power ranger- stick to the people who ARE, and get your candy handouts from them and them alone.

  • Jennifer King Nov 3, 2015
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    I hope this turns out to be a hoax / someone trying to get attention...but every year I check over the candy anyway. Got to earn my Whoppers tax :)

  • Rob Creekmore Nov 3, 2015
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    Who would anyone be foolish enough to hand out tainted candy from their own house? The fact is, the child probably perpetrated a hoax for attention.

  • Fred Kozlof Nov 3, 2015
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    This is interesting, because just last week Steven Colbert mocked this idea of tainted candy, saying there hasn't been a verified case in decades. Considering that most 'kids' now are accompanied by a parent, and have a relatively small area of houses that they go to, finding a perpetrator would be relatively easy...and hence unlikely someone would actually do this. Let's see how this plays out, since sadly, there ARE crazy people still out there.

  • Jessica House Nov 3, 2015
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    Actually, this is extremely rare, and almost always a hoax:
    I still check my kid's candy every year, of course, but have never had an issue or anyone I know.

  • Robert Larson Nov 3, 2015
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    These usually turn out to be hoaxes. Happens every year.

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 3, 2015
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    Someone in Roxboro also found a needle in Snickers candy bar.