Toddler, one, is rushed to hospital after picking up an open bag of the drug ice in a Target store
- The toddler was playing with the open bay of ice at a Target store in Victoria
- The bag, which was confirmed by police to contain ice, was also torn at the edge
- The shocked parents rushed the toddler to hospital, fearing the absolute worst
- While he was given the all-clear by doctors, the mother has warned parents
A toddler has been rushed to hospital after picking up an open bag of the drug ice at a Target store.
The 18-month-old boy picked up the packet from his pram at the store in Mildura, regional Victoria on Friday at around 7pm.
His horrified parents found him playing with the sachet which had been torn at the edges.
The mother said her husband saw the child bend over and pick something up off the ground, which was lying in plain sight in one of the aisles (stock image; not actual)
The boy’s mother first thought it was a sachet of moisture-absorbing gel that is often found in packaging.
Knowing this is dangerous for children, she took the packet from him only to find white crystals inside.
Target staff quickly phoned police to the store who after just 10 minutes were able to confirm the substance was in fact methamphetamine.
The boy was rushed to hospital as a precaution but he was unharmed.
The mother has described her ordeal which has left her furious.
‘He was in the pram getting restless so we let him have a look at the toys,’ she told the The Herald Sun.
The mother said her husband saw their child bend over and pick something up off the ground, which was lying in plain sight in one of the aisles.
‘I couldn’t believe it, I felt so naive,’ she said.
A toddler has been rushed to hospital after picking up an open bag of the drug ice at a Target store (stock image)
The mother has been left furious at the ignorant person who owned the drugs.
‘The police said they couldn’t believe it,’ the mother said.
The incident has made her more vigilant and she has told other parents to be cautious while out shopping with their children.
Investigations are continuing.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Target for comment.
The 18-month-old boy picked up the packet from his pram at the Target store in Mildura (pictured) regional Victoria on Friday at around 7pm