A hotel in Washington state says it is conducting an internal investigation after a 9-year-old girl was pierced by a bloody syringe left in one of its beds.
ABERDEEN, Wash., June 6 (UPI) -- A hotel in Washington state says it is conducting an internal investigation after a 9-year-old girl was pierced by a bloody syringe left in one of its beds.
Emily Smith was getting in bed at the Guest House Inn and Suite in Aberdeen when the syringe pierced through the mattress cover and poked her right heel, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported.
"There were syringes, plastic bag, bloody bandage all underneath the mattress cover. We were really shocked and freaking out," said Emily's mother, Angie Smith. "It scared us to death."
"Our main concern is HIV disease, and hepatitis B or C," Angie Smith said, adding that doctors told her the girl would need regular blood work for 12 months before they can be sure she is all right.
Angel Housden, the hotel's general manager, called the incident "a horrible situation" and said the hotel was conducting an internal investigation.
"The staff is on high alert, and we've done a clean sweep of the hotel," Housden said.
Smith said the hotel would not refund her family's money until after the investigation is completed.
"Their answer was, 'No, we're going to investigate,' like we did something wrong. That's why we're we are so upset. We are not in the wrong here," said Smith.