7-Eleven owner facing charges after sanitizer spray burns 4 boys in NJ

Kimberly Dole
March 11, 2020 - 6:47 am
River Vale Police

River Vale Police Department


RIVER VALE, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The owner of a New Jersey 7-Eleven was arrested after officials say bottles of sanitizer spray sold burned several boys.

Police charged 47-year-old Manisha Bharade with four counts of child endangerment and one count of deceptive business practices after three 10-year-old and one 11-year-old victims allege they were burned by the sanitizers.

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On Monday, authorities seized five bottles of the sanitizer after an officer became aware of an issue when pictures of a young boy with apparent burns to his arm and leg were posted to social media. 

Police said the 3-oz bottles labeled "Spray Sanitizer" still had their after-market brand labels on them and were a mix of commercial grade foaming sanitizer with water.

According to prosecutors, fourteen bottles were sold and nine bottles are unaccounted for.

The state's Division of Consumer Affairs is also investigating the store and has requested that the store preserve all records related to the creation, advertising and sale of the sanitizer sprays.

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