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Code for pedophiles ends up on children's toys sold at Fla. Monster Jam

Melanie Michael - TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A symbol used by pedophiles was part of the design on children's toys sold at recent Monster Jam events in Florida.

Nicole O'Kelly couldn't believe it when she heard the stuffed toy she bought for her daughter at Monster Jam in Florida may have a symbol meant for pedophiles.

"I'm absolutely sick," she said. "I bought this for my 2-year-old little girl. This toy was made for little girls. I wanted answers."

When she got the answers as to why there was a strange heart symbol on her daughter's stuffed toy truck, she nearly threw up. The souvenir recently purchased at a Monster Jam event held a sick secret; a disgusting calling card for creeps. The heart on the toy was a symbol for pedophiles.

"This is pink," O'Kelly said. "This is for little girls, especially at a predominately male event."

The toy was designed in the Tampa Bay area at Feld Inc.

Here's what the heart means: When a pedophile sees children with the heart symbol, it's a code. It means the child is ready to be traded for sex.

Pasco County Detective Anthony Bassone has been with the agency for more than 16 years. He has one tough job every day. And, what he encounters, he can't forget. He has to see the worst of the worst.

Bassone picks out pedophiles online and busts them along with two other detectives in the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The investigators have to deal with the most horrendous, gut-wrenching and heartbreaking material. Sadly, they see children tortured and raped on a daily basis.

They make it through with their motivation to protect children and keep them safe. They said their motivation is to put the bad guys away.

Feld Inc. admitted they were shocked and did not realize what the symbol meant. They have since pulled the toys from the shelves.

Anyone who attended the Monster Jam event on January 16th or February 6th should contact detectives.

Feld Inc. spokesperson Stephen Payne released the following statement:

"We're shocked. We had no idea. We reacted immediately. We wanted to do the right thing as quickly as possible. Clearly we're in the business with providing high quality family entertainment. This was really obscure. Until yesterday, I had no idea there was an underlying meaning of these symbols and the deplorable behavior. We just don't know if a crime was committed here. We have not been contacted by LEOs. We just want to make sure it doesn't happen again."

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