A Syracuse mother was shocked when she learned about a secret symbol used by pedophiles emblazoned on her daughter’s toy truck.
Nicole O'Kelly attended the Monster Jam show at the Carrier Dome on March 5, WHEC News reported.
"It was fun -- there was a lot of people, a lot of excitement," O'Kelly told WHEC News.
Her son bought a pink, plush monster truck for his two-year-old sister at the show.
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"I actually thought it was cute because it was pink," O'Kelly recalled. "I was like, 'Oh, they actually have a pink toy for a girl, that's really cool.'”
But O'Kelly’s older daughter noticed a familiar symbol on the toy’s roof.
The symbol was a double heart. She had seen it before on her favorite show, "Law and Order SVU."
According to the show -- and experts -- the symbol is a secret code for pedophiles. It means: "Hearts within hearts, girl lovers."
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"Immediately, I went into momma bear mode," O'Kelly said. "I was angry. I wanted to call and text everybody. I wanted answers."
The news station reached out to Anna Potter, of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
"When I see that heart inside the heart, it's pedophile," Potter said. "It's that underground culture that they use to communicate.”
Potter said most parents have no idea.
"They're giving it to their daughter thinking it's a toy and then to someone else it could mean criminal behavior," Potter added.
"I am absolutely sick," said O'Kelly. "I bought this for my two-year-old little girl."
Pictures of the toy were sent to Feld Entertainment, the company that runs Monster Jam and manufactured the toy. A spokesperson for the company said they had no idea and were as "shocked as anybody."
"We did not realize the symbol was linked to that behavior,” said the spokesperson. “We want people to know they're getting safe and appropriate gifts for the entire family."
The company added that they are pulling the pink trucks and that the person who designed the toy no longer works there. They are reviewing every other product designed by the man.