Suzanne Antoine brings her kids to Calavera park to play just about every week.
She was stunned to learn a toddler recently found a poison rat trap in the grass near the picnic tables.
“It seems very deliberate,” Antoine said.
Abby Rowland contacted 10News Sunday, upset by the discovery her two-year-old son made on Christmas day.
“Right here he picked up a box and proudly handed it to me, and lo and behold it was rat poison,” Abby Rowland said.
A Carlsbad city spokesperson has told 10News they hired a pest company to place the traps near the park, and that their policy is to not put them in open spaces where the public can access them.
An employee at Pro Pacific Pest Control says their traps are child and pet proof, and require a key to open.
“Kids are really smart. I've seen kids open childproof caps,” Suzanne Antoine said.
10News Reporter Kandiss Crone looked around the park and found another trap on the opposite side of the fence, which is where the city says they belong.
Park officials removed the rest of the traps and are now looking into whether someone deliberately moved one of them.
“I trust the City to do their due diligence to make sure the pest company is doing their part to make sure the traps are in the right place,” Nicole Brandow said.
Some parents say it will take a bit more effort to make sure kids stay safe.
“Better security, maybe some cameras to see what's going on since anyone can access it,” Antoine said.