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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus mother of a 5-year-old boy who allegedly found a large metal staple in a piece of Halloween candy has changed her story.
Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said after interviewing the mother Thursday evening more discrepancies surfaced in her story.
Initially, the mother stated the child was eating an orange Tootsie Roll, which contained the staple. The mother claimed she had accompanied her son trick-or-treating and the candy had come from a home within the area of Second and Eighth Streets, Washington Street and Lafayette Avenue.
The mother now says the child was never eating the candy and that a friend of hers had found the wrapper on the floor. When the individual picked up the wrapper there was a staple in it.
The incident was the first report of major candy tampering in Columbus in more than a decade.
Myers said Friday his office is wrapping up their investigation and referring the case to the prosecutor's office for review.
"This doesn't change anything about the message to parents to check their kids' candy," Myers said.
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