Huntingtown, MD – A Calvert County woman who reported her daughter was given a candy bar that contained a sewing needle now faces a single charge of making a false statement to a police officer.

According to a report on file at District Court of Maryland for Calvert County, the woman—identified as Holly Waters, 30 of Huntingtown—was formally cited for the violation Dec. 5 and served papers regarding the charge Dec. 14.

Waters contacted the Maryland State Police (MSP) Monday, Nov. 2, claiming that the candy with the needle in it was given to her 5-year-ol daughter while the child was trick-or-treating Halloween night in a Prince Frederick subdivision.

“I don’t know how anybody could do that,” a tearful Waters stated on camera for a Washington, DC television station.

The MSP launched an investigation into the alleged incident.  However, on Tuesday, Dec. 1 the MSP’s Prince Frederick Barracks concluded the entire incident was a hoax. A report stated “Tfc. Matthews was able to obtain a confession from the complainant stating she had placed needles in the Halloween candy.”

Following a review of the matter by the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, Waters was charged with making a false statement to an officer. According to the Maryland Code, the violation carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $500.

According to court documents, a date for a hearing has not been set at this time.

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