At least a dozen razor blades were found glued to playground equipment in an East Moline park after a toddler received cuts to his hand. The two-year-old boy was taken home and treated for lacerations to his hand. Millennium Park, located on Archer Avenue, was searched for several hours on Monday according to Brian Foltz, East Moline Police Lieutenant.
Law enforcement responded to a report about the razors around 12:45 p.m. They could not confirm how long the blades had been there nor did they have any information on possible suspects. According to Captain John Reynolds, police removed the razor blades and collected other evidence. There was another incident of vandalism found at a park nearby but officers believe this was a separate incident and the two are not related.
Millennium Park was built in 2000 and is East Moline’s newest park. The park is open every day from six o’clock in the morning until dusk. It has a wooden jungle gym which includes a tree fort, multiple bridges, swings, slides, a climbing wall and even tire swings.
Foltz said the police are always doing park checks and he has seen a lot of things but not once has he seen a prank like razor blades glued to a park apparatus. Foltz has been with the East Moline Police Department for nearly 20 years.
The lieutenant confirmed the safety of East Moline parks and said this was just a bad situation. He is not sure whether it was one person or a group of kids who thought this would be a fun prank to pull but definitely did not think it was funny or wise to do.
After the child’s father treated his son at home he then went with police to the park to point out the evidence. Law enforcement said the blades were glued onto the park equipment with a putty-like, white substance. The razor blades were removed but the evidence of their presence still remains visible.
Parents in the neighborhood say they are surprised to see vandalism of this type at the playground. One parent, Ty Langley, said moving forward it will be something to look out for. Normally all parents think about is their kids playing on the swing set or climbing the monkey bars but never would they have thought to watch out for razor blades.
Faye Jacobson, an East Moline resident, said she takes her seven grandchildren to many of East Moline’s parks but in recent years has avoided Millennium Park. Jacobson said the park is nice but tends to turn into a teenage playground after hours.
Police are asking neighbors to keep a watch out for anything that may be strange at any of the area parks. If they find something they should immediately report it. Law enforcement went back in the early hours of the evening to double check the playground to make sure it was safe. They went to other East Moline parks to ensure their safety as well and did not find anything out of the ordinary.
At least a dozen razor blades were found glued to playground equipment in an East Moline park after a two-year-old boy received lacerations to his hand. The toddler was taken home and treated for minor cuts. On Monday afternoon Millennium Park, which is located on Archer Avenue, was searched for several hours according to Lieutenant Foltz. Police are asking anyone with information to please contact crime stoppers.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)