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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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