Authorities on Monday were investigating the possibility that tainted Halloween candy led to two Southern California children being hospitalized with symptoms of ingesting illegal drugs over the weekend.
The first incident occurred Saturday night in Moreno Valley when a child appeared to be “exhibiting symptoms of someone who had ingested an illegal drug” after eating candy at a friend’s house, according to the Moreno Valley Police Department.
“During the investigation, officers discovered the child may have consumed candy that was tampered with,” police said in a news release.
The child was hospitalized and authorities collected the candy for testing.
The child had apparently received the candy while trick-or-treating in the 25000 block of Calabria Drive.
No other children in the neighborhood were reportedly sickened, but authorities planned to go door to door looking for clues.
Meanwhile, a second child was hospitalized Sunday night in Huntington Beach after apparently eating candy that was collected on Halloween night, the Huntington Beach Police Department said in a news release.
The child, who does not live in Huntington Beach, had been trick-or-treating in the area of Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue, according to police.
Later, the child suffered what appeared to be the effects of ingesting methamphetamine and was being treated at an Orange County hospital.
The investigation was still in the early stages, and authorities have not found any evidence indicating the child was exposed to methamphetamine from eating the Halloween candy, police said in the news release.
Police in both cities warned parents to inspect Halloween candy before allowing children to consume it.