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Crawley girl scalped by toy train

The Argus: Crawley girl scalped by toy train Crawley girl scalped by toy train

A father fears his two-year-old daughter has been left with a bald patch for life after she was scalped - by a toy train.

Lilly Brokenshire had been playing with the plastic Toot-Toot locomotive which was advertised as suitable for children aged 12 months and older.

But the motorised toy train became tangled in her blonde locks and ripped out a three inch patch of hair from the middle of her head.


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Father Paul Jacob, 37, says because of her age the accident might mean she is left with a bald patch for life.

The chef wants to warn other parents about the Toot-Toot Drivers Train, made by VTech.

He said: “We got Lilly the train for Christmas. She has all the other VTech train toys, so we got her this one, the first motorised one they've made.

“I was sat next to her when she was happily playing with it, but before I knew what was going on, she had picked the plastic train from the track and ran it on top of her head.

“The wheels took her hair and kept wrapping it around the wheels, pulling it out by the roots and leaving part of her head scalped.

“Her hair is still very fine because she's so young and the train ripped it out clean from the roots. Lilly let out the loudest scream I'd ever heard. I was in total shock.“If her hair doesn't start growing soon, we'll know that it probably won't ever come back.

“It is clearly a danger when young toddlers are playing with it.

”The toy train set comes with a 32-piece winding track, signals and toy buildings, as well as the motorised train and a cargo car.

Mr Jacob said the £49.99 only toy came with a disclaimer warning parents not to let children pick it up off the track.

He wants VTech to implement a recall and install an emergency cut-off feature to prevent this type of accident happening again.

A spokesman for VTech said: "The VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Train has been tested to European safety standards and has passed all tests for children over 12 months of age.

"VTech aims to go above and beyond the standards required in the European tests and, as such, we have added a leaflet within the Toot-Toot Driver Train Station packaging which contains a warning about only playing with the train on the track and not close to hair, body or clothes."

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12:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

adam666 says...

You cannot expect children of such a young age to listen and take notice that they must not pick up the train or put it near there there clothes or hair. That's what kids do. If its not safe for young children the toy should come with a warning that children should not be allowed to play with the toy unsupervised. But then they would not sell many toys would they....
You cannot expect children of such a young age to listen and take notice that they must not pick up the train or put it near there there clothes or hair. That's what kids do. If its not safe for young children the toy should come with a warning that children should not be allowed to play with the toy unsupervised. But then they would not sell many toys would they.... adam666
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Ceo1982 says...

Scalped....... Bit of an overreaction! You clearly are a bit of an idiot, these things happen. What do you want it to say on the box? Do not let you child put it on their head or any other part of the body. Moron.
Scalped....... Bit of an overreaction! You clearly are a bit of an idiot, these things happen. What do you want it to say on the box? Do not let you child put it on their head or any other part of the body. Moron. Ceo1982
  • Score: 14

1:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

Shame...If it had been a 'Southern' train it would have broken down due to seaweed, violence, broken rails, etc...

I sincerely hope the little girl gets well soon, and I am pretty sure that she will regain her locks. Best wishes to the family, who are obviously concerned. In any case, she is a blonde, so who cares!! XX
Shame...If it had been a 'Southern' train it would have broken down due to seaweed, violence, broken rails, etc... I sincerely hope the little girl gets well soon, and I am pretty sure that she will regain her locks. Best wishes to the family, who are obviously concerned. In any case, she is a blonde, so who cares!! XX Goldenwight
  • Score: 0

2:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

davenachfan says...

I am sorry that this little girl had some of her hair pulled out by this toy.
What a shame she had her photograph taken with a dummy in her mouth, which meant that we could not see her smile.
I am sorry that this little girl had some of her hair pulled out by this toy. What a shame she had her photograph taken with a dummy in her mouth, which meant that we could not see her smile. davenachfan
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Sat 1 Mar 14

bill porter says...

Sorry for the accident this child has had.

However, anyone who saw the local TV news last night will have seen that the parents are still letting the child play with the toy! Somehow feel the parents are looking for compensation rather than being worried about their child.
Sorry for the accident this child has had. However, anyone who saw the local TV news last night will have seen that the parents are still letting the child play with the toy! Somehow feel the parents are looking for compensation rather than being worried about their child. bill porter
  • Score: 13

4:39pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Levent says...

bill porter wrote:
Sorry for the accident this child has had.

However, anyone who saw the local TV news last night will have seen that the parents are still letting the child play with the toy! Somehow feel the parents are looking for compensation rather than being worried about their child.
Maybe the dad should have been monitoring his child to make sure she
used the toy as advised?. Blame HIM not the manufacturer.
What if she pokes herself in the eye with a fork, would he campaign for corks
to be fitted on them. As for her hair, if it hasn't started to grow in a week then it probably won't as she may have lost the follicular unit. She can have hair transplanted into any bald area easily enough though. My guess is he wants compo!
[quote][p][bold]bill porter[/bold] wrote: Sorry for the accident this child has had. However, anyone who saw the local TV news last night will have seen that the parents are still letting the child play with the toy! Somehow feel the parents are looking for compensation rather than being worried about their child.[/p][/quote]Maybe the dad should have been monitoring his child to make sure she used the toy as advised?. Blame HIM not the manufacturer. What if she pokes herself in the eye with a fork, would he campaign for corks to be fitted on them. As for her hair, if it hasn't started to grow in a week then it probably won't as she may have lost the follicular unit. She can have hair transplanted into any bald area easily enough though. My guess is he wants compo! Levent
  • Score: 11

5:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

sussexram40 says...

Blatant compensation hunters. Trying to profit from a minor mishap of their child - the likes of which all children suffer when growing up.

Not even any medical opinion to suggest the pulled out hair won't grow back.
Blatant compensation hunters. Trying to profit from a minor mishap of their child - the likes of which all children suffer when growing up. Not even any medical opinion to suggest the pulled out hair won't grow back. sussexram40
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

The name of the game is SUPERVISION! The disclaimer clearly informs parents that the toy is not to be picked up off the track. It was your job, as a caring father, to make sure your daughter did not do so. You did not and now your daughter has a bald patch ...

The responsibility is yours dear father and if anyone should be held to account it is you!
The name of the game is SUPERVISION! The disclaimer clearly informs parents that the toy is not to be picked up off the track. It was your job, as a caring father, to make sure your daughter did not do so. You did not and now your daughter has a bald patch ... The responsibility is yours dear father and if anyone should be held to account it is you! mimseycal
  • Score: 10

5:47pm Sat 1 Mar 14

sussexram40 says...

And the Argus shouldn't stoop low and print this dross. A bit of a kids hair gets pulled out! Hardly a news story. What next? Boy falls off bike and grazes knee?
And the Argus shouldn't stoop low and print this dross. A bit of a kids hair gets pulled out! Hardly a news story. What next? Boy falls off bike and grazes knee? sussexram40
  • Score: 6

6:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Quiterie says...

At least she looks more like her dad now.
At least she looks more like her dad now. Quiterie
  • Score: 5

11:36pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Cogidubnus says...

As other commenters have wisely observed this is a case of inadequate parental supervision and nothing more (unless it subsequently transpires there's a compo claim going in!)
As other commenters have wisely observed this is a case of inadequate parental supervision and nothing more (unless it subsequently transpires there's a compo claim going in!) Cogidubnus
  • Score: 7

11:28am Mon 3 Mar 14

redwing says...

mimseycal wrote:
The name of the game is SUPERVISION! The disclaimer clearly informs parents that the toy is not to be picked up off the track. It was your job, as a caring father, to make sure your daughter did not do so. You did not and now your daughter has a bald patch ...

The responsibility is yours dear father and if anyone should be held to account it is you!
Crap. The toy clearly isn't suitable for the age of the child that the manufacturer quotes it to be . They should have made a train that wouldn't be detachable from the track, or even better ditch all this electronic nonsense and leave the child to push the toy round. No 2 year old is going to be satisfied with watching a train go round a track without lifting it off, however high tech the noises it makes. The fact that the manufacturer says the toy must be supervised doesn't absolve them from responsibility. It's their duty to consider what a child of the recommended age will reasonably do with the toy and take that into proper account. They don't have much understanding of what it means to be 2 years old if this is what they design and produce.
The father was with the child, but as you'd expect it all happened in a flash. You simply wouldn't always be able to intervene quickly enough.
Thanks are due to him for warning other parents about this and other similar toys that can wreak havoc in a child's hair. It makes me wince thinking of it. I hope the little girl's scalp/hair recovers fully.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: The name of the game is SUPERVISION! The disclaimer clearly informs parents that the toy is not to be picked up off the track. It was your job, as a caring father, to make sure your daughter did not do so. You did not and now your daughter has a bald patch ... The responsibility is yours dear father and if anyone should be held to account it is you![/p][/quote]Crap. The toy clearly isn't suitable for the age of the child that the manufacturer quotes it to be . They should have made a train that wouldn't be detachable from the track, or even better ditch all this electronic nonsense and leave the child to push the toy round. No 2 year old is going to be satisfied with watching a train go round a track without lifting it off, however high tech the noises it makes. The fact that the manufacturer says the toy must be supervised doesn't absolve them from responsibility. It's their duty to consider what a child of the recommended age will reasonably do with the toy and take that into proper account. They don't have much understanding of what it means to be 2 years old if this is what they design and produce. The father was with the child, but as you'd expect it all happened in a flash. You simply wouldn't always be able to intervene quickly enough. Thanks are due to him for warning other parents about this and other similar toys that can wreak havoc in a child's hair. It makes me wince thinking of it. I hope the little girl's scalp/hair recovers fully. redwing
  • Score: -3

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