FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) – A Belleville, Illinois, mother is outraged after she says her 4-year-old daughter found drugs at a Fairview Heights Chuck E. Cheese’s.
She didn’t want to release her name, but says her family was at a birthday party at 8:00 pm Sunday when her 4-year-old daughter got on a ride and came back with something she never expected.
“She got on the carousel, bent down and picked up a baggie full of a white substance. My guess is it’s a bag of dope,” the mother said.
The mother also claims management didn’t handle the situation properly. “I brought it to the manager’s attention and he didn’t want to call the cops or anything. He was like ‘There are five birthday parties going on right now. If they come they’re going to shut us down.’ I asked ‘What do you want me to do with it?’ They said throw it away, so I threw it away,” she explained.
A police report has been filed. Officials also confirmed officers were at the restaurant searching for evidence Monday afternoon. Police say if you find drugs, don’t touch them with your bare hands. Call law enforcement so they can destroy it. Fairview Heights police are still investigating.
Chuck E. Cheese’s released the following statement:
“We are aware that a guest found an unknown substance in our Chuck E. Cheese’s location in Fairview Heights, IL on Sunday evening. Our store management personnel were notified and the substance was immediately disposed of by the guest. As such, law enforcement could not verify the nature of the substance.
For more than 30 years Chuck E. Cheese’s has celebrated the joy and innocence of childhood, and we want to assure parents and caregivers that we take great measures to provide a safe experience for the children and families have in our stores. Many of the measures we have in place – such as our Kid Check program, employment of security guards, active security camera systems and additional safety precautions – are transparent to our guests to encourage an environment Where a Kid Can Be a Kid.”
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