Needle, razor blade found in Halloween candy - WKRN News 2

Needle, razor blade found in Halloween candy in Lebanon

Posted: Updated: Nov 4, 2013 03:53 PM CST
Jerris Chaney  found the razor in her six-year-old daughter's bag of candy. Jerris Chaney found the razor in her six-year-old daughter's bag of candy.
LEBANON, Tenn. -

Parents in Wilson County are on edge after tainted Halloween candy was handed out in two upscale Lebanon neighborhoods, popular for trick-or-treating.

A sewing needle was found in a Tootsie Roll in the Blairmont Drive area and a razor blade was found amongst candy handed out in the Five Oaks subdivision.

The razor blade was found in the bottom of a candy bag, not in a piece of candy itself.

Police aren't sure if it was previously in the bag but Jerris Chaney, who found the razor in her six-year-old daughter's bag, told Nashville's News 2 that the bag was brand new and empty when her daughter started trick-or-treating Friday.

"I thought, ‘Well surely that is not what I think it is,'" she said.  "I kind of debated all night and threw the candy away."

She continued, "I just can't imagine someone wanting to hurt my kid.  Thank the lord we found it."

Chaney reported the razor to Lebanon police. It was the second report of Halloween candy being tainted.

A child trick-or-treating in the Blairmont Drive area found a sewing needle inside of a rewrapped tootsie roll after trick-or-treating Friday.

A Blairmont Drive resident told News 2 she plans to throw away her daughter's candy and will buy candy for her to eat.
"I say find out who did it and handle it," Meleia Nowling said. "This is a great neighborhood, we have a lot of kids in the neighborhood and everybody knows everybody."

Both objects are in police custody and officers are processing the candy, searching for fingerprints.

No one was injured.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the razor blade may not have been intentionally placed in the child's Halloween bag, but the tootsie roll appears intentional.

"Apparently you could see it when they un-wrapped it, so luckily they didn't eat it," he said. "This is more disturbing because someone put that in there and repackaged it, so obviously someone put that in there."

Chief Bowen said it is unclear if the two items are connected to one person because they came from two different neighborhoods.

He said there are varying criminal charges possible against the person or people responsible if police can find them.

Chaney said she will not allow her daughter to go trick-or-treating again.

"I think next year I am just going to buy her candy," she said. "Maybe we will throw a Halloween party at home."

Any one with information about the tainted candy is asked to call Lebanon police at 615-444-2323.

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