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Police investigation: Needles found in Halloween candy

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Source: Flushing Police Chief Mark Hoornstra Source: Flushing Police Chief Mark Hoornstra
Source: Flushing Police Chief Mark Hoornstra Source: Flushing Police Chief Mark Hoornstra

Flushing Police are investigating after a woman said her child bit into some Halloween candy and found two needles inside.

The woman told police her children had been trick-or-treating on Halloween night in the neighborhoods west of Seymour Road (Primrose and Windy Bluff).

“It’s scary, scary to know that something like that would actually happen,” said Syndey Maurer who found two needles in her candy.

Halloween was always 10-year-old Sydney’s favorite holiday, until now.

“After that, I couldn’t eat candy, I had this sick feeling in my stomach and in my mind,” Sydney said.

Dressed head to toe as a hippie, she went off trick or treating with her friends, going door to door, collecting candy.

Seems harmless enough right?

Well this year, it was far from it.

“I had a few tootsie rolls and I bit into one and it wasn’t going all the way through, so I took it out and I didn’t see it at first, but my mom did and she said ‘get your dad up here’,” Sydney said. “And that’s when I started freaking out, I was scared.”

That chewed up tootsie roll in her hand, exposing the two needles maliciously stuffed inside.

When Sydney realized it was a needle and not just candy she only had this to say.

“Somebody is really really messed up out there and I wanted no part of it,” Sydney said. “It was scary to me and I was bawling I couldn’t believe that someone out there would actually do that.”

Sydney was not injured.

Police said they haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact house it may have come from, but they said Sydney went to houses on Primrose, Thornhill, Windy Bluff, and Brookside Road in Flushing.

A place where the cities Police Chief, Mark Hoornstra said he would’ve never expected this to happen and has no clue as to why someone would do this.

“We were just talking about that, what prompts someone to do that? I just don’t understand it, I don’t get it at all,” Hoornstra said.

Now they may not know who’s responsible, but Sydney surely has a message for them.

“You’re screwed up,” Sydney said. “And if you ever want to hurt someone like that you should know how it feels.”

Flushing Police are encouraging parents to check candy thoroughly and report any similar incidents.

If you have any information, call Flushing Police at (810) 659-3119.

Food tampering is a 10-year felony under Michigan law.

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