Toddler cut by razor blade glued to monkey bars at Illinois playground

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EAST MOLINE, Ill. — A two-year-old cut his hand on a razor blade glued to monkey bars at a playground in East Moline, Ill Monday.

According to WQAD, Madden Jenks was atop his dad’s shoulders when he reached for the monkey bars at a Millennium Park playground.

The toddler said “ouch,” as his hand started to bleed. His father, Jayson Kenney, looked at the source of his son’s pain and found razor blades glued not only to the monkey bars, but to a lot of the playground equipment.

“The razor blades were everywhere,” said Madden’s mom, Sally Jenks. “They were on the monkey bars, the rock-climbing wall, the fire pole, the bottom of the slide, just everywhere.”

A spokesperson from the local police department told WQAD they discovered razor blades glued to several pieces of playground equipment at 5101 Archer Dr. just before 1 p.m. Monday.

The young boy’s parents spoke out to the news station, saying how the incident could have been so much worse. They were thankful their son’s injuries weren’t more serious. But the incident left the family grappling with questions about who would want to cause harm to children.

“It’s pretty sick. Psychotic. Luckily, it wasn’t deeper. He wasn’t old enough to put his weight on the monkey bars,” Kenney said. “What if he didn’t cut his hand and he slit his wrist?”

Police took fingerprints from evidence found at the park and are hoping the prints will provide possible leads.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, who lives nearby in Davenport, Iowa, offered a $1,000 “bounty” for the individual who placed the razor blades at the park, reported WQAD.

“Basically, the way I see it, we’ve got a psychopath roaming around the Quad Cities and as a parent, I don’t feel safe for my child,” he said. “So I’m going to do something about it.”

Quad Cities Crime Stoppers also offered a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the apprehension of a suspect.


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