Nebraska trick-or-treater finds nail in candy bar

Nebraska trick-or-treater finds nail in candy bar
Tonja McNeal reported to police that her oldest child found a nail in a piece of candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween. (COURTESY PHOTO)

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — A Scottsbluff woman is sounding the alarm after her family found a nail in a piece of candy after trick-or-treating Wednesday.

Tonja McNeal said the family trick or treats in the same area of Scottsbluff — a six-block area around Western Nebraska Community College — every year. McNeal and her husband always check candy, laying it out on the kitchen table.

“We had cleared them (the kids) to have a piece of candy when my oldest went to bite into a piece of Snickers candy and he found a nail,” McNeal said.

The woman said that the nail was sticking out the top and that the child had not bitten into the candy.

McNeal said she contacted police immediately, and on Thursday, she shared a Facebook post advising parents to check their children’s candy.

“I just put it out there because I want people to be aware to check their kids’ candy,” she said.

Scottsbluff Police Capt. Tony Straub said Thursday that the incident is under investigation but that details weren’t available.

He advised parents, “Always check your children’s candy. Make sure that anything that looks abnormal is not consumed.”

McNeal said that if the nail was placed into the candy intentionally, the words she would have for a person who would do such a thing “are not very good things and not something you can put into the paper. … No kid should be hurt like that.”

Although McNeal said she has heard rumors of other incidents in the area, Straub said that as of Thursday, McNeal’s report was the only report of suspicious candy.

Anyone with additional reports or with information can contact Scottsbluff police at 308-630-6271.

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