Youth injured by blade in Halloween candy in Vancouver

The child was reported to have bitten into a mini Hershey’s candy bar and injured her tongue on a small blade in the candy

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver youth was injured after biting into a candy bar received while Halloween Trick-or-Treating.

On Thursday (Nov. 7) North Precinct Officers of the Portland Police Bureau responded to Randall Children's Hospital at 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue on the report of an injured child. The child was reported to have bitten into a mini Hershey's candy bar and injured her tongue on a small blade in the candy. Photo courtesy of Portland Police Bureau
On Thursday (Nov. 7) North Precinct Officers of the Portland Police Bureau responded to Randall Children’s Hospital at 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue on the report of an injured child. The child was reported to have bitten into a mini Hershey’s candy bar and injured her tongue on a small blade in the candy. Photo courtesy of Portland Police Bureau

On Thursday (Nov. 7) at 11:04 p.m., North Precinct Officers of the Portland Police Bureau responded to Randall Children’s Hospital at 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue on the report of an injured child.

The child was reported to have bitten into a mini Hershey’s candy bar and injured her tongue on a small blade in the candy. The injury is considered non-life threatening and is described as redness to the tongue and not a cut or slice. The child was treated and released.

The candy originated from Halloween trick-or-treating, according to the parents. The family trick-or- treated in the immediate area of the 1900 block of Northeast 97th Street in Vancouver.

This is a highly unusual case and there is concern about other tainted candy existing or being ingested. Parents are cautioned to carefully inspect all candy and notify the police if any other tainted candy is located. If anyone collected candy in the same immediate area, they should take extreme caution prior to ingesting any items or consider discarding the candy.

At this time, it is unclear exactly where the candy originated and there is no identified suspect information. If anyone has information about this incident, contact non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333 and reference case 19-384577.

Information provided by Portland Police Bureau.

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