Family says child’s slide sprayed with poison

COBB COUNTY, GA (WCMH) — A family is Georgia is asking why someone would spray their young son’s slide with a poison.

Kathleen and Jeff Petka didn’t think twice about leaving their 2-year-old son’s slide sitting in their front yard overnight.

However, early Thursday morning, surveillance cameras caught a person walking up to the slide and leaving something on it.

“He can get sick and you’d have no idea that he’s been poisoned or something,” Jeff Petka told WSB-TV.

Police said the suspect’s shoes may have had traces of poison on them because the footprints killed the grass in the area as well.

“I couldn’t sleep last night, I was so concerned. You know, why would someone target a child’s toy,” Kathleen Petka said to WSB-TV.

Police continue to investigate but said no other incidents have been reported in the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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