‘Soap tablets’ found in Greenwood candy bags

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GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Police in Greenwood are investigating after receiving multiple complaints that someone tampered with Halloween candy.

The Lauer family says they took their two kids, ages 4 and 6, trick-or-treating in the Southern Pines Subdivision off Ponderosa Pine Drive. When they returned home and looked inside their candy bag, they noticed something odd.

"We spilled it out on the kitchen table and we noticed one of the wrappers was unmarked. So I opened it up and it was a pill that kind of looked like a breath mint at first. So we kind of discarded that,” said Ian Lauer.

They immediately started to check social media to find out if they weren’t the only ones in their neighborhood to be receive the tainted candy.

They reported the incident to the police and when searching the candy bags for a second time, they found more. In total, they located three pills.

They wanted to find out exactly what it was by putting it in water. The tablet began to fizz and give off a chemical smell similar to cleaning products.

At this point the family was left worried that this little tablet could’ve harmed their children.

"I don’t know what was in it, but the way that it dissolved when I put it in water. If he would’ve put that in his mouth, I can’t say how much he would’ve ingested or how dangerous it would’ve been. Especially how fast he eats candy,” said Jen Lauer.

Now both of them are thinking of alternatives for their children.

“The kids love trick-or-treating, so maybe we’ll look into other events like churches or the trunk-or-treats that the communities have around here. But we'll probably always check their candy 100 percent here on out,” said Ian.

Greenwood police say they’ve determined it to be some kind of soap tablet. They’ve also spoken to others in the neighborhood who came across the same problem. Anyone with any information should contact the Greenwood Police Department.

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