Neenah Police investigate nail in Halloween candy

NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) – Neenah Police are investigating after a local mom finds a nail in her daughter’s Halloween candy.

It was Monday afternoon when Katie Van Dyke took her 14-month old daughter out trick or treating in a friend’s Neenah neighborhood. They visited houses in the area of Higgins Avenue and Maple Street between Laudan Boulevard and Division Street.

“We went for about a half hour, 45 minutes and we just, we literally just went around one block,” says Van Dyke about their outing.

It wasn’t until Tuesday night that Van Dyke realized someone had tampered with a piece of her daughter’s candy.

According to Van Dyke, “I reached my hand into the candy and right away I was like ugh, ow! I didn’t know what it was and I started looking and it was sticking right out of the Tootsie Roll.”

The “it” was a nail, pushed into one end of the Tootsie Roll and out the side. Van Dyke called police to report what she found saying, “I never thought that we would find one in Neenah, especially we only went around one block.”

Whether the nail in the Tootsie Roll was meant to be a joke or someone being malicious, Neenah Police say they don’t find the incident funny at all.

Stu Zuehls, Neenah Police Department’s Community Liaison Officer says, “Anybody that puts candy out in a bowl or gives candy to the kids in our community and then puts a nail in it, I’ve got a real problem with that. Being a parent myself and we’re hoping to find whoever did this.”

Neenah Police have opened an investigation into the incident. And since then, a second family with a similar story of finding a nail in a tootsie roll after trick or treating in neenah has also come forward, adding additional credibility to Van Dyke’s story.

“We do have a general area where we believe this happened,” says Officer Zuehls.

Anyone with information on this incident or who may have found their kid’s candy was tampered with is urged to call police.

If you see candy that you believe to be suspicious, bring it to your local police. Parents can also check in with a dentist to have the candy X-rayed.