A razor blade glued to climbing bars at an Illinois playground injured a two-year-old boy and has left the community on the lookout for what kind of person would be responsible for such a thing.
According to reports, almost a dozen razor blades were glued to monkey bars and slides at Millennium Park in East Moline.
Lt. Brian Foltz of the East Moline Police Department was at a loss, saying “I’ve seen a lot of things but not razor blades glued to equipment at a park.”
News reports say the blades were attached using a white “putty-like substance” and police are now checking nearby parks for any more blades.
Though the authorities have no suspects, the crime would reportedly carry a felony charge of aggravated battery to a child which comes with a six to 30 year sentence.
Captain John Reynolds warned that “The seriousness of this is pretty evident. Any time you put razor blades on playground equipment where children play, it’s very serious. The way they were put on there shows someone wanted to do harm to a child.”
The Moline Parks department pleaded with the community over Facebook, posting “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!”
Local parent Jennifer F. posted a comment saying “Can’t even take your kids to a park anymore without inspecting every piece of equipment!!! Sad!!”
Doug House, the general manager for municipal services in Moline, told the Quad City Times that “Like every city, we were shocked anyone would do this to children. We continue to be vigilant. We’ll do periodic inspections until the person is caught. This came completely out of nowhere. I’ve never heard of this before.”