Wilson County detectives believe more children will find needles in their Halloween candy


Detectives in Wilson County expect more children to find needles in their Halloween candy. So far, two parents have reported to police that they found needles in their children’s treats.

In both cases, the children had been Trick-or-Treating in the Langford Farms subdivision in Old Hickory.

Langford Farms is a massive subdivision with dozens of homes. Halloween is usually a joyous occasion in the neighborhood.

“People love to decorate in this neighborhood,” said longtime resident Anita Reed. “The kids are all cute and dressed up. They come in groups and they’re so polite and say Happy Halloween.” 

One night Trick-or-Treating could garner weeks’ worth of candy. Investigators believe more reports of needles in candy will come in as children continue to eat their way through their Halloween candy.

“It’s always concerning especially when it’s in your backyard,” said resident Brian Parker. “It’s a shame it happened so close to my house with my kids in this neighborhood.

Parker said he has been Trick-or-Treating in the neighborhood since he was a teenager and he’s not going to stop now. 

“I think it’s very isolated and whoever did it, they’ll find them. They always do,” he said.

Wilson County detectives say the person responsible could be anyone from a teenager to an adult. Both they and the TBI are investigating.

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