Tara Robe and daughter Abby van der Spuy, 3, in hospital.
Tara Robe and daughter Abby van der Spuy, 3, in hospital.

‘Out of it’: How 3yo’s trick or treat ordeal unfolded

A trick or treat gone wrong has left a young girl in hospital after she ingested medication while out collecting lollies with her mother for Halloween.

The shock incident in Bacchus Marsh, northwest of Melbourne, has prompted a police investigation.

Mum Tara Robe and her three-year-old daughter Abby van der Spuy remain in hospital, still wearing their Halloween costumes.

Ms Robe said the family was trick or treating last night in Halletts Way when the incident unfolded.

Abby's mum knew something wasn't right when the little girl started making noises

"She was making noises, I ran to see if she was alright," Ms Robe said.

"I thought she was choking on the lolly. "Then she showed me a packet of tablets and I went, these don't look like lollies.

"I went, what do they taste like, and she said yuck. I got one out, it didn't smell like lollies.

"It's not good. It looks like drugs, I didn't know what but I knew it was something not good.

"I felt anxiety, sick in the belly."

Justin Constantinou witnessed the terrifying incident.
Justin Constantinou witnessed the terrifying incident.

Hallets Way resident Justin Constantinou said Ms Robe and four young children came knocking at his door last night for Halloween.

The family's quest for lollies and chocolate quickly took a turn for the worse when Abby started to look ill.

"All of a sudden the lady was in a real panic, frantic, saying 'I need help' and stuff," Mr Constantinou told the Herald Sun.

"I said 'is everything OK' and then she handed me a bag of tablets saying my kids had these.

"I said 'what are they'. She said she didn't know.

"She said then 'she's had one' and the toddler said it tasted yuck.

"Her daughter was looking very pale, a bit groggy. She looked spacey, pretty out of it.

"She asked me to call an ambulance."

Mr Constantinou's phone had run out of battery so he raced across the road to a neighbour to make the emergency call.

Mother and child were still in their Halloween costumes at hospital.
Mother and child were still in their Halloween costumes at hospital.

The good Samaritan tended to the sick child, the woman's other three children and his own children in the sickening wait for the ambulance.

"She was real wobbly, her eyes were out of it," he said. "It was really scary. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night.

"The mum was full on distressed, in a panic."

The pill was one of five in a plastic snap lock bag.

They are understood to be Ceracol, a drug used by schizophrenics.

The child was taken to Sunshine Hospital for observation and was in a stable condition on Thursday night.

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Victoria Police said the three-year-old girl became ill about 8pm after she and her mother had been trick or treating on Halletts Way.

"Investigators have been told that the child may have ingested a prescription medication and are currently making inquiries as to how this happened," spokeswoman Kelly Grindley said.

"At this stage in the early investigation, it is not believed there is any malicious intent surrounding this incident.

"Police are treating this as an isolated incident and have not received any other reports of any similar incidents in the area."

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