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Mum horrified by poisonous find in child's Halloween treat bag

Two Aussie kids are lucky to be alive after the harrowing discovery.

An Aussie mum was "horrified" and completely shaken up after discovering someone slipped rat poison into her young son's Halloween lollie bag during trick-or-treating earlier this week.

Illawarra mum Pennie Smith said she let her 12-year-old son and his friends attend a neighbourhood event on Tuesday evening, only to find they had returned to the family home with multiple sachets of the deadly poison Ratsak — used to kill rats and other rodents — in their lollie bags.

Smith said one of her son's friends found the sachets among his lollies, and asked her whether she "thought it was funny someone had given it to them".

Pennie Smith has issued a stark warning to other parents in the Illawarra area after the shocking find. Source: Pennie Smith / Illawarra Mercury.
Pennie Smith has issued a stark warning to other parents in the Illawarra area after the shocking find. Source: Pennie Smith / Illawarra Mercury.

"It quivers me to the core, I was just horrified. Who would do this?" the concerned mum told the Illawarra Mercury.

Mum throws out 'contaminated' lollies

Smith said she "immediately grabbed" both kids' lollie bags and searched them to ensure there were no further sachets. The mum was so shaken up she chucked the entire bag of candy in the bin over fears of contamination, after finding one of the sachets had been opened, with the "blue bait missing".

"Please keep an eye out. Imagine if a kid put this in their mouth," she said, warning other parents in the area to be vigilant.

Smith said she was 'horrified' to find the poison in her son's friend's hands. Source: Daily Mai.
Smith said she was 'horrified' to find the poison in her son's friend's hands. Source: Daily Mail

Windang, 15km south of Wollongong's CBD, puts on annual Halloween for the area's children every year, with celebrations catering to hundreds of local kids.

NSW Police said they are aware of the report and are investigating. They have encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.

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