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Hillsborough family finds needle in candy

Posted November 2, 2018 4:56 p.m. EDT
Updated November 2, 2018 6:53 p.m. EDT

— The Churton Grove neighborhood in Hillsborough is familiar turf for Elizabeth Dunn’s children, who have trick-or-treated there for five years without trouble.

But on Thursday night, Dunn’s 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, found something foreign in a fun-sized, pumpkin-shaped Reese’s peanut butter cup: a needle.

She wasn’t hurt, Dunn said, but the kids were confused.

“They all opened a piece of candy before they went to bed,” Dunn said. “She bit into it, and at first — she has braces — she thought a piece of her braces had maybe come off.”

Hannah took the needled candy to her mom, who took to social media before taking her complaint to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Churton Grove is a Halloween hot spot: Its main road closes for a few hours because of all the kids.

But Dunn said the neighborhood did something different this year.

“There were tables where they can go and get candy, so possibly a kid went by and stuck it in there doing a prank,” Dunn said.

Orange County investigators are on the trail, including deputy Luke Ashley, who took the evidence and all the rest of her kids' candy. There could be another nasty trick among the treats.

But he went out and bought two bags of candy to replace what had to be confiscated.

Now their mom wants other moms to keep a sharp eye out.

“I know how many people go trick-or-treating over there, so who’s to say there might not be more candy that has something inside of it?

A sheriff's captain said Friday that investigators did not find a hole in the candy wrapper.

The mystery is theirs to unwrap.