This story is so bizarre & pics of the injured child are horrific. Don’t understand why a school would refuse to remove a child known to fight and injure other children. And how can a child be so violent at just 2? Most importantly where were the school staff when the attack took place? Story below..
The mother of a little girl who was beaten black and blue by an ‘out-of-control’ two-year-old at nursery has called for the child’s expulsion.
Katie Ann Guttridge, aged three, sustained a bruised eye socket, scratches and three bite marks when she was attacked by her classmate during playtime at Ratby Pre-School Nursery in Leicester.
Police were called in to investigate the assault but were powerless to act because the girl who attacked Katie is below the legal age of criminal responsibility – which in this country is 10 years old.
When confronted by journalists, the mother of the violent girl refused to discuss her child’s behaviour, saying only: ‘My daughter is two years old. I want nothing more to do with this.’
Now, parents are demanding the child – who has been dubbed ‘Chucky’ after the violent child-like doll in the horror film Child’s Play – be removed from the nursery after she attacked 10 other children.
Ms Mackow, 28, a trainee goldsmith, said she couldn’t believe it when she saw her daughter after the attack on December 13, adding: ‘I just cried. She had gashes to her lips and a terrible black eye. Katie looked like she had been in a fight with a dog that had mauled her.
‘We had to take her to hospital because the doctors thought she had fractured her eye socket.
It has been claimed the two-year-old, who has not been identified, has attacked 10 other children since she started the nursery in September.
Ms Mackow, (pictured above with Katie who has since recovered from her injuries) who also has a five-year-old son Joshua, said: ‘The little girl is two but she has behavioural problems.
‘The little girl who attacked her has a history of beating up other children. She’s out of control.
‘I know 10 other children have been assaulted by the girl since September. The staff at the nursery don’t seem able to cope with the difficult children.
‘Ironically, the little girl’s mother is a child minder with close links to the nursery and school so the staff consider her one of their own and seem reluctant to discipline her.
‘Nursery and pre-school should be fun and enjoyable but Katie is scared of going now and doesn’t even want to go outside in case she bumps into the girl who hurt her.’
Katie and the girl started at the pre-school and nursery, held in Ratby Village Hall, at the same time in September.
Official nursery incident reports showed Katie has been attacked on four separate occasions by the same girl.
The nursery’s Accident/Injury form states that on September 22 the girl hit Katie on the forehead with a ‘plastic yellow drummer’.
On October 11 the same girl ‘pushed two duplo bricks together pinching Katie’s left hand.’
On November 5 the same child ‘grabbed Katie’s hair and face and sucked her cheek causing a mark.’
The incident was deemed so serious nursery managers sent a letter home to Katie’s parents explaining her injuries.
But the most serious attack happened on December 13 when the girl cornered Katie in the book area of the nursery.
Nursery staff applied an ice pack to Katie’s face to reduce the swelling and called in her father Lewis Guttridge to collect her and take her to hospital.
Ms Mackow is now preparing to take legal action against the nursery claiming negligence.
She added: ‘I am not doing this for the money, I just want parents to be aware that when they drop their children at nursery or pre-school they should not blindly believe they will be safe.’