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Police say manufacturing defect likely in ‘isolated incident’

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office sent a notice out to the community Friday after receiving a report of a sewing needle found in a 13-year-old’s Halloween candy.

The sewing needle was found Friday morning in the Cherry Lane subdivision of St. Leonard, the day after Halloween trick-or-treating, said 1st. Sgt. Brent Parrott of the sheriff’s office.

Shortly after the sheriff’s office sent out a Nixle alert at about 10:52 a.m., Capt. Steve Jones of the sheriff’s office said, “The kid was handling the piece of candy, handling a Hershey bar, about 2 inches in length ... and he noticed and felt something in the packaging. The mother opened it and found the sewing needle.”

“I think the kid got poked,” Parrott said.

Police believe the sewing needle to be an isolated incident possibly due to a manufacturing issue, and both Parrott and Jones said the sheriff’s office plans to report it to the Hershey Co., according to the alert.

MEGHAN CADY