A young Central Coast family face a nervous wait after their three-year-old son stepped on a discarded needle at a popular local beach.

Beth Finlay, 33, had been carrying her toddler, Cashten, down the trail towards Umina Beach, NSW when she decided to let her barefoot son walk on his own.

She never expected to endure every parent’s worst nightmare.

“He just started saying ‘ouch, ouch’ but he wasn’t crying, I thought he had just stepped on a rock,” Mrs Finlay told Yahoo7 News.

“I didn’t expect to see a needle penduluming from one side to the other.

“It was lodged in his foot.”

Mrs Finlay said she tried to remain calm as the pulled the discarded needle that was lodged one centimetre deep in her son’s foot.

“I didn’t want to send him into a state of panic but when I brushed the sand off it and he could see the blood, he started to panic a bit,” she added.

Cashten has since undergone blood tests and while the initial results for Hepatitis B, Hepatits C and HIV came back negative, they will have to wait nine months to know he is completely in the clear.

“It (HIV) can take a while to show up, so we have to go back and do the six month and nine month tests,” Mrs Finlay added.

We hope he is OK! Not a very nice thing to happen to anyone.

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  • This would be terrifying. I wish people would think f others.


  • A horrific event nobody should have to endure. Even thongs are’t are safe to wear on your feet anymore. You can still have something stick into your feet. We we took the girls to the beach once we were warned by a lady that smashed glass had been found in sand near the waters edge and another lot up near the steps down onto the beach. Fortunately there is a large playground next to the road sp we were able to detour to that without the little ones realising. We didn’t stay there for long as we knew the eldest one might suddenly realise where we were. We took them to another playground with a picnic lunch.


  • Scary ! Glad the tests so far are negative and hope the coming tests will be too !


  • Poor bub. Hope the nine months goes really quickly and they get the all clear.


  • Poor little love. Everyone should be able to walk on the beach safely!


  • Oh my! That is terrible … and to have to wait so long for the all clear must be torture!


  • Nine months? That’s a very long waiting time. Let’s hope everything is clear indeed. What a scare!


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