Regular visit to soft play center causes 15 wounds on toddler's face and neck
17-month-old girl Willow-Ivy Doherty had a nightmarish visit to a Leeds, UK, soft play center when she was bitten 15 times by two toddlers and ended up in the hospital. It could have ended in a tragedy.
A 33-year-old mother-of-six Becky took her three youngest children out to play at Little Bees, without imagining that things were going to take a dramatic turn with her baby daughter being the subject of a gruesome attack.
According to Mirror, the mother was sitting in a spot where she could overlook the indoor play area and, as she was checking on 3-year-old Aurora, she heard another mother screaming.
Becky immediately ran to take a look of what was happening when she saw what was done to poor Willow-Ivy by another child. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
The woman who alerted about the extremely violent attack on the little girl told Becky that she had just pulled off the boy from her daughter, as he was grabbing her by the neck.
“Oh my God, whose baby is this?” were the words that Becky heard before she rushed to find Willow-Ivy blue and not breathing, apart from showing bite marks in several parts of her visible skin.
As Becky said, the boy who had assaulted her daughter was standing next to her “with a big smile on his face, with blood all around his mouth”. The 2-year-old child was accompanied by his 4-year-old brother.
The playground’s staff rushed to give Willow-Ivy first-aids and fortunately she was breathing again. Meanwhile, Becky kept requesting for the mother of the attackers to show up and assume her responsibility.
But the only response from the woman was telling her “that’s what kids do, that’s what kids do!’ over and over,” minimizing the outrageous incident.
"She looks like she’s been savaged by a dog, not a child."
-Becky Doherty, The Mirror, November 8, 2018.
Becky had to take her daughter to the hospital, where she was given shots for Hepatitis B and received treatment for her numerous wounds.
Willow-Ivy suffered four cuts on her face, two on her fingers, three on her back, one on her ear, one on her shoulder, one on her wrist, another on her leg and several on her head.
In the examinations, doctors confirmed that “there were bite marks from two different children.”
The owner of the soft play center over at Seacroft, Leeds, who preferred not to be named, denied any responsibility by stating: “We are not a nursery. The children need parental supervision.”
Sometimes parents just want to give their children a good time but things don’t go as planned, and they ended up not only worrying for their children’s injuries but dealing with the guilt that always comes along.
In order to spare other children and mothers from the ordeal she and her daughter went through, a New York woman named Heather Clare warned parents about putting a young child in your lap to go down a slide.
It is a very common practice in playgrounds for parents of children too little to use the slides by themselves, but when she tried with her 1-year-old Meadow, the little girl ended up in the emergency room with two broken bones in her legs.
“The hardest part was knowing that I put her in that position. I felt so much guilt because I felt like it was a really avoidable injury, and it was 100% my fault,” the tormented mother said.
In most cases, once someone becomes a parent, his or her worst fears is that something bad happens to their children, but in case this happens, it is important to be as prepared as possible to help them out.
In August 2017, a 2-year-old boy choked to his death on grapes while grocery shopping, something that might have been prevented if the parents knew how to perform CPR and other basic procedures.
Following their child’s death, Emma and Mohammad signed up for a first aid class. They also encouraged other parents to do the same, so they can save their child if a similar incident happened.
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