This past Sunday, Auburn, Massachusetts, police put out a Facebook notice urging parents to check their children’s Halloween candy after they got a report of an inch-long “metallic object” found inside a miniature Hershey chocolate bar wrapper.
When detectives went to investigate the situation, hoping to find where it came from, they got a chance to talk with the little girl who made the initial report.
When police spoke with the eleven-year-old, however, she came clean about fabricating the whole story:
Auburn Police now say an 11yr old girl admitted to making up a story about a razor in her candy. She took the blade from a pencil sharpener
— Lana Jones (@Lanawbz) November 1, 2015
Eleven-year-old Keith Roycewicz, who was not involved in the incident, told WBZ:
The little girl’s prank upset many parents, like Kelly Collins, who told WBZ:
“I hope that child gets disciplined get some help that’s just wrong.”
Another parent, James Dorsey explained:
“We dumped out all the candy piece by piece to make sure it all was safe.”
It appears that the little girl wasn’t the only one to make a false report about dangerous objects in their candy bars.
In the greater Pennsylvania and New Jersey area, numerous reports were made to police, stating that sewing needles were found lodged inside Halloween candy:
It turns out that Robert Ledrew of Blackwood, New Jersey, who’d made the initial report, made up the story as well, reports CBS3.
Ledrew, who posted images of needle-filled candy bars to his Facebook, claimed he was trying to teach his children a lesson to be careful with their candy. He was later arrested and charged with making a false police report.
According to authorities in Kennett Square, Chester County, police are still investigating reports of six pieces of candy that reportedly had needles inside.