In a frightening version of every parent's trick-or-treating nightmare, a five-year-old Ohio boy was rushed to the hospital and tested positive for meth. The boy had been trick-or-treating and was playing with fake vampire teeth.
5-year-old boy tests positive for meth after eating Halloween candy https://t.co/Gn70RwRhxb https://t.co/oNNrOHL53G— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7 Eyewitness News)1540919296.0
The parents realized something was wrong when the boy suffered a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital where he tested positive for the illegal substance. The local police took the candy and fake teeth into evidence to figure out the source.
"This does not happen often. I think parents should always be concerned, looking at the candy. Look for anything that looks out of place, if the candy bag is open or ripped, throw it away," said Police Chief Brian Saterfield.
It was a horrifying incident few could imagine happening to them.
@ABC7 @AnyTots Oh! Just awful!— Maria E. (@Maria E.)1540919791.0
@kron4news That's been going on forever Dont let them eat opened candy— Fred C (@Fred C)1540875513.0
@ABC7 this is awful!— Yesi♡ (@Yesi♡)1540919344.0
@ABC7 Heartbreaking 😢— sherlynn luna (@sherlynn luna)1540919500.0
@ABC7 There's some sick and evil people in this world just awful. Smh— Gracie Ayala (@Gracie Ayala)1540923290.0
@ABC7 lord, there are some sick puppies out there.— The Grim (@The Grim)1540919461.0
@ABC7 @ConwayShow God bless!— Laura (@Laura)1540949496.0
Others were less than sympathetic.
@nypost Oh God. Here come the parents unreasonably afraid of their kids getting drugs in their candy.— Shannon Reeves (@Shannon Reeves)1540981402.0
@nypost Sounds like more of a Florida thing.— Kevin Cusumano (@Kevin Cusumano)1540982731.0
@kron4news What the hell is a kid doing trick or treating before Halloween. Maybe the meth was at home.— Mary Grizzle (@Mary Grizzle)1540865103.0
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
"We know that the child tested positive for methamphetamine, but we don't know what kind," Chief Saterfield said. "The average person that sees the headline automatically thinks crystal meth, but we don't know if it was an illegal drug, a prescription drug or what."
The boy is expected to make a full recovery.