AUBURN, NEB.(KPTM)-- A three-year-old boy scampers across an Auburn, Neb. front lawn. He's clutching a screwdriver loosely in his hand.
"No running!" yells his mom. "We hold it downward ok? Now walk, we do not run."
As a mom of two young boys, Kimberly Hoagland has plenty of warnings like that. But now she's adding one more to the list.
"We don't eat these do we?" she asks her son, Justin. He shakes his head.
He knows the answer right away since his mom has been telling him this for several days now.
Hoagland says it's because she found something less than sweet in her son's candy Saturday night.
She says a muscle relaxer was mixed in a pack of Smarties she had given her boys.
"There was a different looking colorful candy inside the thing. I pulled it out and it had a letter M on it and three numbers on the back," says Hoagland.
She knew it was a pill of some kind right away, so she took it to the Auburn police.
The chief says the pill is known as Flexeril or Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer.
She says her son had already eaten a majority of the package before she picked it up.
"I was terrified. I didn't know all the other candies that he ate if there was anything in there," she says. "I was up all night with him to make sure everything was OK."
She contacted the Smarties Candy Company right away and says the company said they'd get back to her soon.
The Vice President sent KPTM a statement saying: "We are always concerned about any complaint regarding our product. Our company has been manufacturing Smarties for 63 years and produces about 2 billion candy rolls per year....Our company meets the highest level of safety precautions."
But Hoagland says that's not enough for her.
"The whole production should come off until they figure out what happened and if there's more out there," she says. "People are out there buying candy for Halloween, do you know how many Smarties are out there right now? They should be taking this seriously and a lot faster."
Police say they are working on the case and it could take weeks to finish the investigation.
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