Deputies investigate syringes found in Walmart clothing

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Syringes found in Walmart clothes

CARTERSVILLE, Ga.,None - The Bartow County Sheriff's Department is investigating how several syringes ended up in clothing at a Catersville Walmart.

Over the last week, deputies have been called to the Walmart three times for reports of people finding the syringes or being pricked by them.

The first incident was reported Nov. 22 when a woman said her 14-year-old daughter was stuck by a syringe in her pinky finger after buying a pair of pajamas. They found the needle in the foot of the pajamas.

Bartow County EMS took the syringe and checked out the girl.

Patricia Headrick said was struck with a needle Friday when she opened a package of Playtex bras.

When she reached in, she said a hypodermic needle attached to the syringe poked her ring finger.



The needle was given to the store manager and advised the woman to go to Catersville Medical Center, where she was tested for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

"Am I going to die from this being in someone's body?" she asked at a news conference.

The latest incident happened Tuesday when a store manager called the sheriff's department to say a shopper found a used or broken syringe in the pocket of a pair of pants that were hanging on a rack in the women's department. The customer was not injured, but the needle was confiscated and turned over to authorities.

Deputies said they are investigating a total of four incidents surrounding the syringes at the Walmart.

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