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Daycare Didn’t Mention Toddler Severed His Finger. Parents Found Out When They Saw ‘Exposed Bone’

CBS New York

On December 11, New York parents Kathy and Jeff Blank brought their 21-month-old son to daycare at The Learning Experience in Dobbs Ferry.

According to CBS New York, the toddler’s grandparents went to pick him up later that day and were alerted that there had been an incident.

An incident report written by a daycare worker stated that the child’s hand was shut in a door when the caregiver was distracted by another child.

The toddler, Max, had his pinky wrapped in paper towels. The grandmother realized that the report failed to mention a major issue when she unwrapped it.

The top of the toddler’s finger had been severed. Jeff said:

“She took the paper towel off, saw his exposed bone and saw the top of his finger had been severed… and they had it in a paper towel.”

Kathy was infuriated the daycare staff failed to call 911 or even mention the serious injury. She told CBS New York:

“There was no mention of the fact that the injury was so severe that he lost the tip of his finger.”

Max was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to reattach the portion of severed pinky.

According to state records, The Learning Experience in Dobbs Ferry had at least 60 violations in 2018. Now, his parents have a warning for others.

The father told CBS New York:

“The message, I think, is be vigilant in finding out who is taking care of your children.”

In a statement, daycare spokesman Gregory Salsburg said they have let go of the staff responsible:

“The supervisory staff member that had been in charge of day to day operations at the center has been terminated, and we have put in place executive team members with over 50 combined years of childcare experience.”

New York State Office of Children and Family Services launched an investigation following the incident and put some classrooms under a suspension, which has since been lifted.

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  1. I think they should be shut down I ran an in home daycare for 22 years nothing like this never happened I had 2 aides to help at all times apparently they are unsder staffed and don’t do there jobs and didn’t care enough to call 911 or even let the parents or grandparents know that the baby lost the tip of his finger You really have to check and see if they have violations and check the staff out my heart breaks for the baby and his parents I wish I lived close I would take care of him it sickens me every time I read a story about children getting abused at daycare or anywhere I hope he feels better soon good luck

    • Life is not perfect and there are no guarantees. Accidents do happen. However, the reckless disregard this daycare center showed for the welfare of this child should cause them to be criminally prosecuted.

  2. EMT should have been called to the Day Care IMMEDIATELY! WHERE was the breakdown? Day Cares are not known for their unwavering concern for their wards. Money, money, money as Abba sings it.

  3. You wouldn’t have to worry about who is taking care of your children if you do it yourself. Why have them if you don’t want them with you? No one will care as much as you do. And no one who doesn’t love them will give a damn if a pinkie or a nose or anything else is severed.

    • People with self pride work for a living. Daycare is a necessity. It sure beats being a useless sack of dung sucking off the teat of the State.

  4. Life is not perfect and there are no guarantees. Accidents do happen. However, the reckless disregard this daycare center showed for the welfare of this child should cause them to be criminally prosecuted.

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