Mum’s heartache at girl’s scars after she’s bitten 15 times at soft play centre

A mum has revealed her heartache at the scars her daughter has been left with after being bitten at least 15 times by another toddler at a soft play area.

Heartbroken Becky Doherty hasn’t stopped crying since one of the scabs on Willow-Ivy Hughes’s face fell off to reveal a £2 pound coin sized scar.

And the 17-month-old is now waiting for a specialist appointment for potential skin grafts to her face.

Willow-Ivy was attacked during a day out at a soft play area in Leeds, West Yorkshire and needed hospital treatment.

Becky, 33, said: "It’s now a week later and you can see the scars forming. Her scab fell of this morning and I’ve been in tears ever since. I’m gutted.

"She’d fallen over and tripped over downstairs. She came running to me whingy and I picked her and then it came off. It’s the main bite on her face, it’s massive.

"She’s got two on the right cheek with a deep scratch and on the left cheek near her ear there’s another one the size of ten pence piece.

"I think the scar is really bad already, the scar’s bright purple. It’s like a constant reminder and I’m heartbroken.”

But she added: "I’d like to point out I’ve got nothing but praise for the soft play centre, Little Bees and their staff. They were really attentive to Willow."

The play centre has previously pointed out they are not a nursery and the children need parental supervision.

Becky, a single mum of six, took her three youngest to Little Bees in Seacroft, Leeds, and sat watching from a table overlooking the indoor play area.

Willow-Ivy had been playing with brother Tucker, six, and sister Aurora, three, when the fun day turned into a "nightmare".

Becky was looking at Aurora when she heard another mum scream: “Oh my God, whose baby is this?”

“She had pulled the boy off Willow. He had hold of her neck,” Becky said.

She raced over to find Willow-Ivy blue and not breathing and the boy standing “with a big smile on his face, with blood all around his mouth”.

Becky believes he was two and was with his brother, aged four.

She shouted “where is your mum?” but the boy’s mother did not come forward until staff were giving Willow-Ivy first aid.

Becky said: “She [the mum] kept shouting ‘That’s what kids do, that’s what kids do!’ over and over.”

Becky took Willow-Ivy to hospital where she was given injections for Hepatitis B and treatment for her cuts.

She suffered four to her face, two to her fingers, three to her back, several to her head, one to her ear, one to her shoulder, one to her wrist and one to her leg.

Becky previously said: “She looks like she’s been savaged by a dog, not a child.”

West Yorkshire Police confirmed a social services referral was made in relation to the suspect child and the case closed.

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