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Two needles found in Holly Springs Halloween candy

Posted November 3, 2015 4:13 a.m. EST
Updated November 3, 2015 3:22 p.m. EST

— 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."