Nanaimo RCMP call it a parent’s worst nightmare.
Mounties say two children, ages 4 and 5, were pricked by discarded needles found in an old tree stump as they were playing outside their apartment complex on Tuesday.
The two children were transported to local hospital for assessment and treatment.
Constable Gary O’Brien says the troubling thing is this seems to be a common occurrence.
“It’s totally unacceptable. I’ve talked to a number of people who live in the area who say it’s a common occurrence that you can find needles at any given time in any given place in that area. Totally unacceptable.”
“There’s no proof of who put them there, or why they were put there. Our members seized the needles and disposed of them safely. The children are undergoing testing via Island Health.”
O’Brien says how the needle was found is disconcerting.
“They showed them were it was, it was in a tree stump left in the parking lot. The needles were actually stuck into a depression at the top of the stump with the sharp edge sticking out. Just a terrible situation.”
O’Brien says the needles have been seized and disposed of safely.
Mounties believe the syringe may have been tainted with blood.
RCMP say in the past 12 months they have been called to this complex for incidents such as fights, weapons complaints, drug possession, drug trafficking and other disturbances.