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Parents rally after child steps on syringe at Kelso park

Posted: Updated: Aug 11, 2015 10:00 AM

A Kelso mom is asking the city for change after her 6-year-old stepped on a syringe while playing at Catlin Rotary Spray Park Sunday. 

Emilee Moore was with her sister and two daughters Sunday when they walked to the park. She had heard the stories about needles left on the ground, but did not expect to ever run across it.

"I know there’s rumors of syringes, but I looked everywhere and didn’t see anything like a needle, I checked everywhere," Moore said.

But when it was time for her daughter to put her shoes on after playing in the water area of the playground, Moore was shocked.

"My daughter goes to get dressed and goes, 'Mom I have a sliver,'" Moore said. "I sit her down and look at it, and there’s a, just a broken half inch of a needle sticking out of her foot."

Moore drove her daughter to the E.R., where they took tests for Hepatitis C and HIV. Moore said she has not gotten the results back yet, but is not wasting time.

She turned to Facebook to share what happened, and after receiving dozens of response from family members, she and her family organized a rally Monday in front of the park.

"Don't take your kids to Spray Park, it's too big of a risk, even with shoes, you can kneel down and sit on one, it's not worth it," Moore said.

They're asking the City of Kelso to either shut the park down or make changes so this does not happen again. Volunteers at the rally were holding up signs showing pictures of dozens of syringes collected during park cleanups.

The City of Kelso released a statement saying they are committed to providing safe parks for the community. 

"City police and maintenance crews were notified of the incident this morning. Kelso city parks are checked every work day by maintenance crews for litter and general condition, and special emphasis is placed on finding needles and other paraphernalia which may pose a threat to park patrons-- especially children. The police chief has directed additional police patrols of the area to keep an eye out for drug use and other illegal activity in the park," the city statement said. 

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