Police search for person who booby-trapped playground to mutilate kids with razor blades

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This two-year-old boy was cut by razor blades glued to playground equipment in Moline, Illinois. Courtesy: WQAD-TV

MOLINE, Ill. —  Police took fingerprints from a playground in Illinois where someone glued razor blades to the equipment, obviously intent on cutting children as they played.

On Monday, police were called in when a toddler playing on the monkey bars was cut by one of several  straight edged-razors.

Two-year-old Madden Jenks was on his dad’s shoulders during an outing at Millennium Park in East Moline, pretending to be a big boy on the monkey bars, when he was hurt.

Hear the adorable little boy talk about his cut in WQAD-TV’s story in which they interviewed Madden and his parents.

When he said ‘Ouch’, his dad, Jayson Kenney, put him down.

“He started bleeding and we looked and they were everywhere. The razor blades were everywhere,” said Madden’s mom, Sally Jenks.

“They were on the monkey bars, the rock-climbing wall, the fire pole, the bottom of the slide. Just everywhere,” she said.

“All the razor blades were placed up, so when you grabbed them it would hit their wrists or your hands,” said  Jayson.

He called the plot disturbing and disgusting.

“It’s pretty sick. Psychotic. Luckily, it wasn’t deeper. He wasn’t old enough to put his weight on the monkey bars,” Kenney said.  “What if he didn’t cut his hand and he slit his wrist?”

The little boy’s cut bled a lot, but is healing well the day after.

“I was so upset. It could have been horrible. It could have sliced his hand open completely, if he was older and he was really swinging on the monkey bars and grabbed it. He was just lightly touching it. If he was older, it would have mutilated his hand,” Jenks said.

The lead investigator on this horrific stunt is Capt. Reynolds. If you know anything about what happened in Moline call  (309) 752-1552 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-9500.

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