RI: Girl asks police to test cookie for DNA proof of Santa

Source: SFGate

“A young Rhode Island girl has finally figured out how to determine if Santa Claus is real: DNA. The Cumberland resident sent a partially eaten cookie as well as a couple of gnawed-on carrot sticks to the town’s police department to ask if they can be tested for DNA, Chief Matthew Benson said in a statement Friday. ‘I took a sample of a cookie and carrots that I left for Santa and the raindeer [sic] on Christmas Eve and I was wondering if you could take a sample of DNA and see if Santa is real?’ the girl wrote. Her name and age were not disclosed. Benson forwarded the ‘evidence’ to the state’s Department of Health-Forensic Sciences unit for analysis. ‘Items to be examined for traces of DNA and compared with profiles on record for the above-named suspect/aliases,’ the department form says. The charge? Failure to finish snacks. Results are pending.” (01/22/23)