East Moline, Ill. (KWQC/WTEN) – Authorities in East Moline say they found around a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment at a park in the city after a two-year-old child was injured with a cut on his hand.
"I've seen a lot of things, but not razor blades glued to equipment at a park," said Lieutenant Brian Foltz, who has been with the East Moline Police Department for almost 20 years.
He tells Illinois station KWQC that police responded to Millennium Park at around 12:45 p.m.
"East Moline parks are safe, but it's just a bad situation, bad instance where somebody, or maybe a group of kids, I don't know who did this, but figured this would be a fun prank to do," he said.
The boy's father treated him at home, and went with police to the park, where they say they found and removed around a dozen razor blades glued onto park equipment with a white, putty-like substance. The evidence remains visible.
Parents say they're surprised to see this kind of vandalism.
"It's something I can look out for now, if ever I'm here," Ty Langley said. "We just kind of think about them swinging on the swing set or, you know, climbing the monkey bars. Don't really think about razor blades."
Police say they're investigating the incident. They went back to Millennium Park at around 5 p.m., double-checking the scene. They say they also looked at the rest of East Moline's parks.
"We wanted to check out, just to make sure, and so far, we have not found anything else in any of the parks."
The incident caused Moline Parks and Recreation to respond. In a Facebook statement late Monday night, the department said, "We are very sad that this happened. Police have been checking the Moline playgrounds this evening as they can and our staff will be rechecking all playgrounds in the morning. If you ever see something unusual or unsafe at a playground or park, please report it!"
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