- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2013

Police in Huntington Beach, Calif., suspect that a 2-year-old boy’s Halloween candy may have been laced with the dangerous drug methamphetamine.

“The child, who does not reside in Huntington Beach, had been eating candy received by trick-or-treating on Halloween night in Huntington Beach in the area of Beach and Atlanta some time before the parents started to notice odd behavior,” Sgt. Michael Metoyer said Monday, CBS Los Angeles reported.

His parents told police the child experienced nightmares and would not go to back to sleep Saturday night.

After taking him an Orange County hospital, lab tests confirmed that the boy was exposed to the drug, the station reported. The results are now being sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, which will conduct further tests, according to NBC Los Angeles.

“In an effort to exercise extreme caution, the Huntington Beach Police Department recommends that parents carefully check any candy or other food items before they allow their kids to eat them,” Sgt. Metoyer said.

A Moreno Valley child was also hospitalized Saturday after eating candy collected on Halloween thought to be tainted, CBS reported.

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