Police: Child reports biting razor blade in Halloween candy

Multnomah County

The child was not seriously hurt

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 10-year-old girl found a razor blade in a Hersey bar from trick-or-treating, according to the parents.

Portland police said the child was taken to Randall Children’s Hospital Thursday night with a minor injury — redness to the tongue but not a cut. The girl was treated and sent home.

The parents said they went trick-or-treating in the 1900 block of Northeast 97th Street in Vancouver, Washington, and that’s where the candy came from. Police can not confirm where the candy came from.

Police said this is a “highly unusual” case that causes concern about other tainted candy. They want parents to inspect all candy and call the police if they find anything, especially if they went trick-or-treating in the same area.

“One of the big things that we’re concerned about — is this something that was done intentionally — and if so, are there any other kids who could be endangered by this?” Sgt. Kevin Allen said.

John Bailey lives in the neighborhood where the family went trick-or-treating and said he can only imagine how the girl’s parents feel.

“It’s disturbing,” he said. “I was mad as hell, who would do something like that — they should be caught and severely punished.”

Police say you should use extreme caution with Halloween candy and even recommend throwing it out.

“Make sure that they’re safe, make sure that there hasn’t been any tampering,” Allen said.

If you know anything, contact the non-emergency dispatch at 503.823.3333 and reference case number 19-384577.

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