LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas second grader is under going treatment for HIV after she was poked by a needle she found on the playground and police are trying to figure out how the needle got on the girl's school campus.
Behind the chain link fence that surrounds the school's playground, Clark County School Police said somehow a needle, typically used to draw blood, found its way onto the playground at Elizondo Elementary.
Seven-year old Annabel Jimenez was at recess when she came across the needle that ended up poking her in the thumb.
"It was a butterfly, but it wasn't and then I thought it was a toy and then I went into the girls' bathroom, I put water in it because I thought it would change color," Jimenez said.
Jimenez's mother Frances Jones said the needle that poked her daughter is now being tested for blood borne diseases including Hepatitis B, C, and HIV.
"They had called me and said she had an accident on the playground and so I'm thinking fell off the monkey bars, she broke her arm, something of that nature," Jones said. "I'm not going to have the results tomorrow, I'm not going to have them in 30 days, and this is going to be extensive testing that is going to have to be done over a course of time to see if anything shows up in the blood work."
Not taking any chances, Jones is putting her daughter on an anti-HIV cocktail to fend off a possible infection.
The school made a phone call to warn parents to talk to their kids about dangerous things that could be left around the campus.
School police are reviewing surveillance video and said at this point, it doesn't look like the needle was intentionally placed on campus.
"It's a scary thing and I don't even think she realizes how severe it could be," Jones added.
Jimenez's blood work came back negative for Hepatitis C and will receive medication twice a day for the next month or so with severe side-effects.
Anna's mom said there is only a fraction of a percent that her daughter contracted HIV, but said that's too big of a risk to take to go without treatment.