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.