Toddler left scarred for life after being bitten 15 times by other children on a day out at a soft play centre.

Willow-Ivy Doherty, 17 months, was playing with her brother Tucker, six and sister Aurora, three, at the Little Beas soft play centre in Seacroft, Leeds on November 2 when disaster struck.

Suddenly her mother Becky heard another parent scream ‘Oh my God, whose baby is this?’

The mother was forced to pull a little boy off Willow’s neck when it emerged she had 15 bite marks all over her body, shares Daily Mail.


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Mother-of-six, Becky, claims her daughter was blue and the youngster who did it ‘had a big smile on his face and blood all around his mouth’, reports The Mirror.

Becky said she believed the boy was two and was with a four year old who was apparently his brother.

Becky told the newspaper: ‘She looks like she’s been savaged by a dog, not a child.’

She eventually found the mother of the child, who she claimed insisted ‘That’s what kids do, that’s what kids do!’

Little Willow-Ivy was taken to hospital where she was given an urgent injection for Hepatitis B and treatment for her cuts.

She will also require a skin graft on her face.

Doctors believe Willow Ivy’s 15 bites came from two different children and have left angry red marks all over her body.

The youngster still needs more injections to ensure she has not contracted anything from the bites, which cover her face, back and limbs.

In total she has four on her face, two on her fingers, three on her back, one on her ear, shoulder, wrist, leg and others on her head.

A spokesman for Little Bees told the Mirror: ‘We are not a nursery. The children need parental supervision.’

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Police received a report of an 17-month-old child having been bitten by a three-year-old child at an indoor soft play area in Seacroft on Friday (2/11).

‘The child was treated at hospital and an assault occasioning actual bodily harm was recorded.

‘A social services referral was made in relation to the suspect child and the crime has been finalised due to them being under the age of criminal responsibility.’

How does this happen? Where was the supervision?

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  • I’ve known children who bite but they only did it once and were made to apologise and were reprimanded. No matter where you are, your child is your responsibility and if your child bites then it is a reflection on you and not the victim’s or their Mother’s fault. How dare the Mum say that’s what kids do. Wonder how she would have felt if the tables were turned. I understand kids will fight by hitting out or screaming at someone, but never known it to be okay to bite a child so many times. I believe the parents of those 2 should be responsible for the doctors bills and the plastic surgery if any is needed.

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  • How often we had taken our kids to play centres only to leave early because other parents view these places as easy child minding options and don’t watch their kids at all. And if you dare to speak up they abuse you! Shocking. poor little mite.

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  • OMG. I appreciate parental supervision is important but seriously… do we want to blame the parent of the victim? What about the behaviour of the child who did this? I cannot imagine a situation where a child would even know or understand to do this. Quite frightening really.

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  • This is really concerning and I hope that social services can do something to prevent this sort of thing happening again.

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  • Oh my goodness, that’s really scary!!

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  • That’s disgusting! I am so sick of seeing parents take their kids to play centres and then switch off and let them run riot. You are there with you child, not for a coffee break. I’m not saying to enjoy a coffee but you need to be aware of what you kid is doing at all times. I actually play with my kids at the centre, it’s what makes it more fun.

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  • I would be fuming, no excuses that’s what kids do no! It’s what you teach your kids! Poor child she didn’t deserve that I hope that doesn’t happen again to any other child for there safety and health

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  • This is horrifying! That poor mum. And the mum who said ‘that’s what kids do’ wholly crap – what the hell is wrong with her? Some people should be allowed to reproduce! These centers really need to be monitored more closely somehow. The amount of incidents my girls have witnessed or been involved in, I will no longer take them to indoor play centers.

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  • That’s horrifying. The mother of the one who bit saying that’s what kids do is enabling her young son to be a bully. Poor little one who was bitten. It’s horrible.

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  • That’s absolutely horrific. That poor kid. And I really believe we will see the delinquents again. With the mother having no concern and their behaviour now she’s raising dangerous men

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  • Wow this is terrible! You really have to keep an eye on your kids (and others too really!)

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  • These children definitely needed to be supervised. Those bite marks are terrible.

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  • That is so horrible to happen to any child. And for a mother to say “That’s what kids do”….ah no they don’t. It gets me so angry……

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  • How awful.
    Yes both parents should have supervised.
    And if you have a biter you supervise even more so, or stay away when you know your kid is misbehaving in public play area’s.

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  • Terrible thing to have happened. Both sets of parents are at fault here for not supervising their children, and for the parent who believed that’s just what kids do – I would advise she is not bringing her children up properly.

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