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New information in case of needle in Winchester trick-or-treater's candy bag

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - We've learned new information about an incident that sent a trick-or-treater to the hospital.

Winchester Police tell us an 8-year-old girl was pricked by a medical needle found inside her bag of candy Wednesday night. Police tell us the child went door-to-door in her neighborhood along Sturbridge Lane.

Police tell us after talking with the girl's parents they have narrowed down the houses where the family visited Wednesday night. Police tell us they have talked with people at each home but none indicted they use needles for any type of medical issues.

"We're not ruling out that this could have been a simple mistake or accident. We're hoping that it was that type of situation," Winchester Police Chief Kevin Palmer told WKYT.

"Whether it was a prank, on purpose, or even an accident, this is a child's holiday and children look forward to this," said Jennifer Parks, a neighbor and concerned parent. "I don't know what needs to be done, but something should be done."

Little kids on Sturbridge Lane no longer have any candy because it's now in trash cans after this incident. Parents on the street say chancing the candy just wasn't worth it.

"You don't know. You have no idea if something has been injected into your candy and you can check the candy all you want, but you have no idea," said Parks.

Neighbors who know the mother and her 8-year-old daughter tell us the little girl was taken to the hospital as a precaution after she was stuck by the needle when she reached into her candy bag.

Winchester police tell us they do believe this was an isolated incident.


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