MINT HILL, N.C. -- A local teacher says a plastic Easter egg she was going to give to her students was filled with cooked bones that could have easily been mistaken for candy.

The big question still without an answer is just what type of bones and how they got into the plastic egg and on a store shelf to begin with.

That mystery cracked open when Amy Purser split a green plastic egg in half after noticing it weighed more than the others she bought for her pre-school students.

This is gross, Purser said.

The egg was filled with bones, but had no smell, no feathers, no fur and no carcass.

I've had them looked at by two different vets and they confirmed they are bones and they were cooked, Purser said.

Purser believes someone intentionally, perhaps maliciously, put them in the egg.

It's not a rat or mouse, Purser said. Both vets don't feel like it's any sort of bird. Both of them agree it's some sort of small mammal.

Purser says she was going to give the egg to her students, but the school had enough and she was going to use it for something else.

Had my plans not changed at the last minute, this would have been found by a four or five year old child, she said.

I don't know if they would have stopped to say that doesn't look like candy.

Purser says she bought the plastic eggs at the Dollar General store on Blair Road in Mint Hill. She still has the packaging and the receipt.

This is Dollar General's statement about the plastic egg:

Dollar General strives to provide quality products, and we take any situation seriously where it appears a product has been either tampered with or damaged. In these circumstances, we will contact the product manufacturer and work with them to investigate the issue. We will also provide our customer with a full refund or exchange. Customers can shop Dollar General Stores with confidence, knowing the company firmly stands behind its products.

Purser plans to take the bones to an anthropologist to figure out just what is inside that egg.

Packaging on the plastic egg says it was made in China.

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