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Leominster kids stuck with needles, taken to hospital

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The apartment complex near the playground where needles were found. The apartment complex near the playground where needles were found.
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WHDH) - The playground at the Riverside Villages Apartments in Leominster is usually filled with children and families, but Saturday they were joined by police investigators after several children were stuck with hypodermic needles.

Ken Morrow said he found all sorts of expired diabetic supplies inside of the box sitting next to a dumpster not far from the playground, including a lot of syringes. But he wasn't the only one who found them.

"They were just playing over there, and one of the kids said he had a box of needles, so I grabbed the box and the other guy called 911," Morrow said.

He said the next thing he did was run over to the playground and literally pick needles up off the ground. He wanted to make sure that no other child got stuck.

But Leominster police said three children did get stuck by the needles. Panicked parents rushed them to the hospital to be treated and checked out.

Nelly Connelly said her 3-year-old grandson was one of the children stuck.

"The police said he needs to go to the hospital and we said yes because I was scared that he got infected. He's only three years old," she said.

Investigators said the girlfriend of a diabetic man who lives in the complex was cleaning up their apartment and threw the box away with the unused needles inside. Police recovered about 90 syringes in all. The Department of Health is involved as well because of the possible risk of exposure.

Neighbors were outraged that something like this could happen.

"I can't believe someone could do that. There's little kids in this place. If you can't put it in the dumpster, at least do something else with it," said Ken Morrow.
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