NEW CASTLE —
A New Wilmington mother warns parents to check athletic fields where their children play.
Addie Moore’s eight-year-old son, Willie, was stuck Wednesday with a hypodermic needle he found near the dugout at Dean Park on Taylor Street. Willie was serving as batboy at a youth baseball game between New Wilmington and New Castle.
Moore took her son to the Jameson Hospital emergency room, where bloodwork was done on the child and “it all came back negative,” she said. However, she added that his blood will be retested in three to six months to see if he contracted anything from the needle stick.
“They said there’s a slight risk that he would get anything,” she said. “But it’s always in the back of my mind. It’s nerve wracking when you are his mother.”
Willie’s father, Billy Ray Moore, is assistant coach for the New Wilmington team on which Willie’s three brothers — Jacob, Nicholas and Samuel — play.
After the child saw the reaction of adults “he was hysterical on the way to the hospital,” his mother said.
Other parents told her that after she took Willie to the hospital, parents began looking for other needles, and a mother with two small girls found another one near where they were playing. Neither girl was injured.
Police were called to the field, and Moore said she hopes they can test the needle that stuck Willie and find out if heroin was in it.
Moore said she no longer feels comfortable playing at Dean Park and doesn’t know if she will go back.
“We are from New Wilmington and we have played there before,” she said. “I never thought about something like that happening.”