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Five-Year-Old Missouri Child Gets Delta-8 Edibles in Halloween Bag

Police in St. Louis suburbs are seeking leads following the discovery that a 5-year-old boy was able to get Delta-8 edibles from a Halloween party.

The St. Charles, Missouri Police Department said that it received “a single report of a parent discovering a small bag of Delta 88 [sic] Edibles which appear similar to gummy worms” at a “trunk or treat” event held on Saturday.

The child’s mother, Tiffany Burroughs, offered her side of the story in an interview with local media. Burroughs has three sons––aged one, two and five.

“They loved going, dressing up in their costumes,” Burroughs told local news station KMOV.

It wasn’t until Burroughs and her boys returned home that she realized something in the candy loot that appeared a bit off.

“I remembered it when we walked through the door, and I said, ‘oh yeah, let me see that.’ I looked at it and was like, ‘oh yeah, that’s definitely not for kids,” she told the station.

The station reported that Burroughs notified both local police and the dining establishment that hosted the Halloween event, JJ’s Restaurant.

Stephen Bell, the co-owner of JJ’s, says he couldn’t find any other contraband on the premises.

“Me and the manager and the other owner walked through the lot. I mean we looked through everyone’s candy, and we couldn’t find anything,” Bell told the station.

On Saturday, the St. Charles Police Department posted an announcement on Facebook urging anyone who attended the event to “check your child’s candy.”

Bell is not the only one who was unable to find the source, but the police also said so.

“Officers thoroughly checked the area and found no one handing out this item. We are investigating to determine how this occurred,” the police department said in the social media post.

According to Lt. Tom Wilkison from St. Charles Police Department, the matter is being viewed as a simple accident by him and his co-officers.

“We don’t believe at this time there was malicious intent. That somehow these gummy worms got mixed in with candy because they do look like candy,” Wilkison told the station.

The Halloween season always brings fears of cannabis-infused edibles landing in a youngster’s trick-or-treat bag.

In October last year, several state attorneys general warned that children could have unintentionally ingested contaminated gum.

“These look-alike cannabis products are unregulated, unsafe, and illegal,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said at the time. “Accidental cannabis overdoses by children are increasing nationwide, and these products will only make this worse.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James urged “parents throughout the state to remain alert against the online sale of these dangerous and misleading products.”

“These unregulated and deceptive cannabis products will only confuse and harm New Yorkers, which is why they have no place in our state,” said James. “It is essential that we limit their access to protect our communities and, more specifically, our children. It is vital that we take all measures to stop this epidemic and avoid any more harm or death, especially in light of the rise in accidental overdoses among children across the country. My office is dedicated to stopping the sale and protecting all New Yorkers’ health. I urge everyone to remain vigilant against these products and to report these harmful items to my office immediately.”

But many of these warnings have proven overblown––if not unfounded. In May, local New York station WGRZ reported that James’ office received merely one complaint about deceptive cannabis packaging.