UPDATE: Police Looking into Tainted Candy Incident in Chesapeake Ranch Estates

November 1, 2012

UPDATE: On Wednesday, October 31 between 7:00 PM and 8:15 PM while participating in Halloween activities, a 16 year old male visited approximately 25 homes in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, Calvert Co., MD. He was accompanied by at least three adults and three younger children. The 16 year old and his mother returned to their St. Leonard home at approximately 9:00 PM. The victim ate approximately 20 to 25 pieces of candy while watching television. He recalled that one piece (Dum-Dum flavored Cotton Candy lollipop) tasted unusual. Within an hour he was feeling ill and his mother drove him to Calvert Memorial Hospital. They arrived at approximately 11:00 PM. A preliminary urine drug screening test resulted in a positive reaction to two controlled dangerous substances frequently abused. The victim remained in the hospital Emergency Room for several hours and then was discharged. During her son’s care and immediately after he was released, the victim’s mother communicated, via Facebook, with her friends about her son’s illness and the positive drug test results. These Facebook postings were reposted ultimately generating fear within the Calvert County community and inquiries from the media.

None of the other adults or children who participated with the young victim’s trick-or-treating activities became ill. Most of their candy obtained during this event has either been seized by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office or isolated to protect possible consumers. The wrapper and paper stick from the one piece of suspect candy has been recovered by law enforcement. Observation revealed nothing unusual.

The victim is prescribed a number of medications. Poison Control personnel believe that none of his prescribed medications would have yielded the positive result obtained in the drug screening test. One of the physiological reactions the victim exhibited does not correlate to known reactions of the drugs detected in his urine via the screening test. Poison Control resources and administrators within Calvert Memorial Hospital confirmed that some drug testing procedures yield “false positives” if the parameters are too broad or non-specific. Calvert Memorial Hospital administrators have been very helpful. The urine sample collected from the 16 year old victim will be forwarded to a second laboratory for confirmatory testing.

As of 2:30 PM on November 1 no other medical calls for service have been recorded related to “tainted” Halloween candy and Calvert Memorial Hospital has recorded no additional cases of victims complaining about consuming tainted Halloween candy.

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police are recommending that if your family visited homes in the northern portion of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates that any candy received should be discarded immediately. The victim visited homes on Gun Smoke Trail, Hickok Trail/Court, Pioneer Trail, Alamo Court/Lane/Trail, and Commanche Road.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Rich at
410-535-1600, ext. 2765.

11/1/12: Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an incident in Lusby after a parent took their child to the Emergency Room at a local hospital on Halloween night after claiming their child’s candy was tainted with cocaine.

Police have confirmed a child was taken to the hospital, but are still investigating this incident and have not confirmed that the candy was tainted and that drugs may have been involved.

Detectives continue to investigate and more information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

As a precaution, anyone who may have Trick-or-Treated in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates are urged to hold off on the consumption of any candy until this incident is confirmed.

Stay with smnewsnet.com as this story develops.

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66 Responses to UPDATE: Police Looking into Tainted Candy Incident in Chesapeake Ranch Estates

  1. D on November 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Why do I get the feeling that a kid got into the parents stash and this is their way of covering it up?

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

      That was my first thought also!!

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

      My first thought too..

  2. mike williams on November 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    sounds like a hoax. the kid wasnt sick apparently. probably sugar in the candy. people trying to create chaos

  3. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

    throw your candy out!!!!!!! bleach your house..!! chaos, chaos. come on people use your heads. Some people are so dramatic and buy into anything.

  4. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Regardless of whether it is a hoax or not, it’s a reminder to all parents to be on top of what our kids eat. After all, we allow them to take these treats from people that we may not know well, if at all. No one has your child’s best interests in mind better than you, their parent.

  5. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Regardless of whether this is a hoax or not, it is a good reminder that we, as parents, need to be on top of what our children eat. After all, we did let them take candy from people we don’t know well, if at all. You can never be too careful. When it comes to our children, it doesn’t hurt to double and triple check.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      i am with you, i am not a parent yet but watch my neices and nefwes all the time and they never eat anything without asking. I treat them as my own seeing I am with them on a daily basis.

  6. Corn Fed on November 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

    It had to be the parents stash. How else would they know it was tainted with cocaine? If the child ate it, he wouldn’t have went wild from the drug, he would have died.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

      That’s what I thought!!

    • Dawn Zinn on November 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

      It just seems suspicious that the parent’s knew right away what the candy was tainted with…..I’m thinking it’s someone trying to get a neighbor in heat or perhaps parents whose child got into their personal supply. Additionally, since when does the fact that the parents are “church goers” absolve them of the possibility of being dope users? I know a few Mon-Sat sinners who take communion on Sunday……..

  7. Hildie on November 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    The child in this story, well is a christian family, so they would not have had a child get into their stash.
    The child is better now from what the church said.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

      It is ludicrous to think that christians are exempt from issues regarding drugs. They are still human with free will. As a christian, I know I am not perfect. I’m sure most christians would agree.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Christians use and have drug problems too… being a Christian does not mean you are perfect. Just saying.

    • Wesley on November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

      The idea that people would not have cocaine due to the fact that they are Christian is an extrenley silly one

      • Dawn Zinn on November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

        Lol agree!

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      I don’t care what religion, race, etc…nothing excludes a family member from being a drug addict or alcoholic. So don’t throw the religion card out there cause even the preachers son can be a bad a$$ that’s a drug addict or alcoholic!!!

    • anon on November 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      That’s a joke right, Hildie?? That’s just stupid!

  8. Margery Patten on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Over the years, when these kinds of incidents have been reported, they have never been the work of some “unknown” perpetrator giving out candy to innocent children. Rather, when confirmed, it was the parents who for some crazy reason wanted to make it look as if someone was out there, causing harm.

  9. Ric on November 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    This sounds suspicious. Drugs cost money. Why would someone waste thier money and drugs on trying to get a kid messed up. I also feel like it would have taken a lot of cocaine to make the child sick enough to go too er

  10. Bubba J Simmons on November 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    A lot of people in my neighborhood gave money to trick-or-treaters last night. That way they can buy the type of candy they want to.

  11. anon on November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    What does Christain Family have to do with this? A non-faith, athesist person cares just a much for their family, and do have internal compass of right and wrong. Does this mean a person of another faith has uncaring, unconcerned parents.

    I hope this is a single incident and/or unfounded. My best to the family.

  12. raerae on November 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Lets just pray for the child and parents

  13. Anon on November 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    One way to know if it was cocaine – was the kid crawling on the ceiling. :-)

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Seriously!That is an uneducated statement- dialation of the eyes would be an indicator,stomach issues, convulsions, seizures are others

  14. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Drug test the Parents.!!

  15. LSP on November 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Cocaine is just way too expensive to be used to taint halloween candy. Had to be his parent’s or family friends’ stash.

  16. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    take your kids to a strangers house for candy? thats being irresponsible

  17. Sherry on November 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Get the parents tested for that drug!

  18. chrystal on November 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    This is all I am going to say on the subject. I am a mother of a blended family of 5 and I for one am completely shocked at the comments some of you have on here. No matter who, what or how the candy was or is tainted or even if it ever was.The fact here still lies that there is a sick child and that is what we should be talking about. Whenever I check a news story on here the comments are always hurting and disturbing. How would you feel as the parent reading this news story to try to see if it was written correctly or even just for information and then seeing all this stuff written about you. I mean I am pretty sure we are all adults here and I think that is so ridiculous that we can not look pass all the crap and see the fact that a kid is in trouble and pain. I am sure if you were in the same boat you wouldnt feel the same way. I am a stay at home mom and do not live in this end of the county but I still check my childrens candy. Maybe the child grabbed a piece without knowledge and when The parents were going through it they found white powder. Please do not assume anything it is just not right. Thank you and have a wonderful rest of the day

    • Eric on November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Get a job (and some birth control)

  19. Jenny on November 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    If I had a child, I wouldn’t let him/her go to a house unless I knew the individuals there. In this day and age, you can’t trust anyone. If you are that desperate to have your child experience “halloween and trick or treating” and can’t send them to neighbors you know and trust, then take them to your local fire department and show your thanks to them!

  20. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    For those of u saying “how would they know.. must be patents stash.” They know what drug bc it wad confirmed at the hospital through a urine test. Get the facts before u trash a family.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Thank u for following the facts…a urinalysis confirmed the drug not the parents …lets stay focused on the fact that a child is sick & nobody knows how it happened. So don’t trash a family with no proof on wrong doing ..its sad that r society would rather gossip & speculate instead of offer condolences to a family dealing with a difficult situation!

  21. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Maybe, one parent uses coke, the other clueless. Kid gets into stash, coke-head parent then blames candy to conceal their own addiction.

  22. Todd on November 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug

  23. gmama on November 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I think this only gives some people something to feed on. Lets just wait and see what facts are obtained before we make all kinds of wrong, and rude assumptions.

  24. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I also think that’s what happened. Why do the parents claim the candy was laced with specific drugs? How would they know what drugs the child ingested unless the drugs came from the parents? One is an upper and one is a downer, so why would both be indicated in erratic behavior?

  25. Lindsay on November 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I also think that’s what happened. Why do the parents claim the candy was laced with specific drugs? How would they know what drugs the child ingested unless the drugs came from the parents? One is an upper and one is a downer, so why would both be indicated in erratic behavior?

  26. Elizabeth on November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Wondering how old this child is? If the child ate the whole piece of tainted (?) candy, then how can it be proved that it was the candy? God Bless the Child.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      I heard he was 16

  27. Roger on November 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    You put the candy in your mouth, not your nose… Idiots!

  28. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Did they let their child except candy that wasn’t wrapped? I would think it was open candy if it was laced with something I always checked my kids candy before they ate any of it just to be safe. I agree with everyone else I think the kid got into private stash, which is sad to have that in the house with children

  29. Roger on November 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    The teenager probably did too much coke with their friends, started to freak out, made up the lie about the candy when they wanted to go to the hospital. BAM! Mystery solved!!

    • Anonymous on November 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

      I think that is def what happened!!

  30. A teenager who is smarter than you. on November 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    How about not caring how the parents knew and see that a child is in thr hospital. You adults are so annoying coming on here criticizing and seeing that a child’s life could be in danger… And yes I am a teenager talking to you “adults”. I understand more then half of you ever could. Worry about the children and not about how the hell the parents say it’s cocaine.

  31. chris on November 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    What kind of 16 y/o goes trick or treating?

  32. Nancy Drew on November 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Why are they driving kids from St. Leonard all the way to the Ranch Club other than to score on a huge candy stash???
    Isnt 16 a bit to old to go begging for candy?
    Sounds like a pig looking for more crap to stuff his face with! Oink Oink!! He deserves to get “sick”!!!!!

    • Anonymous on November 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

      There are plenty of reasons why they would drive to the Ranch Club.. maybe they lived there before, maybe they have lots of friends that live there. Also, this 16 may have just been going with the younger children… or maybe he has Downs Syndrome. You don’t know all the circumstances.

  33. will on November 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    16 year old Church kids. go trick or treating. what kind of mom would let there kid eat 20 – 25 pieces of candy after 9 p.m. should be in bed. Something sounds suspicious

  34. will on November 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    No wonder have the population Is FAT. If I had parents like that I’d be fat to. Stay up all night eating candy and watching Honey boo boo.WYF Good job mom and dad.

  35. Plain2See on November 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    The kid sold himself out, in my opinion.
    ‘False-positive’?! I’ll pull the BS card on that ridiculous statement. People have to take urinalyses that are used as a LEGAL form of testing for several reasons, like working and probation. How can a urine test be used as a legitimate test that is required by companies to gain a job and by judges to monitor persons on probation? THINK, if someone got a ‘false-positive’ and ended up in jail, or didn’t receive a job due to a ‘false-positive’, I would imagine there would a lot of litigation going on!! When a persons’ life depends on urine testing then the urinalysis had better be accurate.
    It sounds like the child experimented with drugs, bounced around a neighborhood in freezing cold weather, came home, ate 20-25 pieces of candy (which is incredibly irresponsible…awesome parenting), and then his body started rejecting everything. Or he was simply looking for attention.
    The child recently tried drugs or he/she regularly abuses drugs. That is clear as day. I am a Mom and if my child EVER received a ‘false-positive’… well, he’d better RUN and he better run faster than me.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      False positives happen often and you wouldnt believe how often for the automatic drug tests. Lab test can be requested in some cases. If you take the medication tramadol for pain which is not a narcotic comes up false positive for methadone. Its possible I do drug testing for my job and it is possible

      • Anonymous on November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        My brother (unfortunately) did urinalysis for 4 years, every month and not one time did he get a ‘false-positive’, and he was on several different prescribed medications as well. In fact, not a single person i have talked to knows of anyone who have ever received ‘false-positives’.
        Just sayin

  36. M on November 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Um maybe he kid was doing his drugs not anyone else’s! He had to much candy got sick Mom overreacted and he got busted! Mom is blind to the fact Jr may be doing drugs especially now she put her stuff out on FB just sayin :)

  37. anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    It’s definitely a shame that everyone on here is commenting about others parenting skills. If you don’t know the family then you don’t know the facts! Yer we are all entitled to our opinions but when your thoughts & opinions are hateful, hurtful & filled with lies or assumed ideas then perhaps it is better to say nothing at all! Funny how so many of you know so much about drugs…..just saying!

  38. Just me on November 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Well even though I am not biased to the victims family nor the investigation the ENTIRE story seems to be abit whacked. WAY to many “ifs” to form an opinion either way. Was the 16 yr old using and got sick? The best way to get around this with his parents was to say the dum dum lollipop tasted unusual… Then again, maybe the candy was laced with something. Who knows? Funny thing is one of my FB friends posted this morning about tainted candy from Chesapeake Ranch Estates- I find it crazy that a mother would put it out their on FB to begin with. Social Media outlets such as FB makes for fast news…. Now for my opinion : get the kid some help now before he gets deeper. I know of way to many young folks battling addiction- and the sad part is they make their parents think they are losing their minds because “they would never use”. Yeah think again-

  39. Bestiewasavictim on November 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Last year my best friends daughter felt ill at school and passed out when she was taken to the hospital a drug screen was done and she tested positive for benzos and cocaine. It turned out to be a false positive Not the first time im sure Calvert Memorial had this issue!

  40. A responsible parent on November 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Does anyone think the 20-25 pieces of candy at 9pm had anything to do with it?

  41. MomOf3Kids on November 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Honestly, I don’t know why race, religion or sex has ANY thing to do with it, and as far as trick or treating at Strangers homes, well a HUGE percentage of parents have been there while kids have went to the neighborhood homes to get candy, it’s something that has been going on for years!! I have 3 school aged children & have done trick or treating as far back as I can remember!! And honestly, I was with 9 other people & children last night trick or treating on the EXACT same roads that are posted here, with 8 of the 10 people getting candy at EVERY house that was giving out candy, and I have checked my kids bags, and the other people I was with have done the same thing & NOTHING looked out of ordinary!!! I have ate some of the candy, and so has my kids, friends & family!!! And NOTHING was wrong!! And as far as cocaine being on a lollipop, well wouldn’t the child (who was 16 yrs old) figure out that “something didn’t taste right”????? Regardless what type of candy it was, SOMEONE would know, that it was tainted OR messed with?? You cant unwrap a lollipop or anything else & wrap it back up & not have it look messed up OR not even wrapped back up right!! Just a thought!!!

  42. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Sounds like he Got sick from too much candy and Got hmself busted

  43. Granma on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I think the child bit off more then he could chew, then blamed it on the candy, 25 pieces of candy sounds more like he got into some pot not cocaine.

  44. KB on November 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

    So because it’s a Christian family, drugs would never be an issue? I was raised in a Christian family and I was exposed to plenty at that age. I made a choice not to do anything. Being Christian doesn’t mean people don’t get caught up in the wrong things.

    This “child” is 16 years old. Take a look around SOMD. Drugs are a huge problem, starting at ages much younger than 16! Isn’t it also a possibility he tried something and that’s why he started not feeling well and the parents bought into the whole candy bit? Then when he tested positive at the hospital, they immediately caused mass hysteria by saying someone tainted Halloween candy?

    Also not saying it’s inconceivable that someone would taint Halloween candy…that happens, too. But more likely to have more than one person come forward if that were the case, I would think.

    That’s a boat load of candy (20-25 pieces)…I’m sure he wasn’t feeling well! But then the test busted him on a separate issue!

  45. Ethan on November 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    hahaha… mom & dad, your son wanted to get high…

  46. anon on November 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    you guys are sick! many and many of young kids are facing adiction! lets be serious most of you have probaly faced your 70-80s coke adiction. get real. what about the teenage girls who are 14 at the youngest pregnant? this whole world is MESSED UP, be glad the child is going to make it get rid of your candy to be safe. And CLEARLY it says “he was feeling ill and got drove to the hospitalk DRUG SCREENINGS CAME BACK with cocaine & valium in it” not that his mother father neighbor brother sister dog cat aunt unlce said “OMG MY SON ATE COKE & VALIUM” so GROW up and be parents for yourself worry about your own life not the kids!!!!

    • Anonymous on November 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      ‘Adiction’ is spelled ADDICTION.
      Also, please learn how to use punctuations.