How mum of blood-covered boy reacted after he ‘savaged’ girl at play centre

A mum frantically tried to defend the actions of her ‘blood-covered’ son after a girl was bitten more than 15 times at a soft play centre.

Seventeen-month-old Willow-Ivy Doherty was left scarred for life when the unnamed boy ‘savaged’ her while she played at Little Bees in Seacroft, Leeds.

Her mum Becky, 33, says she was stunned when another mother screamed: "Oh my God, whose baby is this?" and she realised her daughter was in danger.

Becky raced over to find Willow-Ivy blue and "not breathing", with the boy smiling and "blood all around his mouth".

At first, the boy’s mum reportedly did not come forward.


But when she did, she defended her son, Becky says.

“She kept shouting ‘That’s what kids do, that’s what kids do!’ over and over," the single mum-of-three recalled.

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

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

The 33-year-old 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.

She needs more jabs and to see a specialist about a skin graft on her face.

Becky said: “They said there were bite marks from two different children.”


The owner of Little Bees, who did not wish to be named, confirmed that she helped Willow-Ivy but said: “We are not a nursery. The children need parental supervision.”

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

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