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Scalded boy's mother tells of his ordeal

PUBLISHED: 15:29 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 July 2010

TWO months after a baby was scalded at a Cromer day care centre for toddlers his mother has told of how her brave little boy is recovering well from his ordeal.

TWO months after a baby was scalded at a Cromer day care centre for toddlers his mother has told of how her brave little boy is recovering well from his ordeal.

Tallis Mose, who is 18 months old, was burned by a cup of coffee while at the Sure Start children's centre on Mill Road, Cromer, on August 15.

His mother, Kate Smithurst, was alerted by workers on Tallis's third stay at the centre and jumped in a taxi to get there. She said: “I was told there had been an accident; Tallis had been burned and could I please collect him.

“He was quiet when I arrived. But when he saw me, I think it hit him. He was screaming his socks off.”

After seeing the burns, which covered his left hand, Miss Smithurst, who runs the Corner Café on New Street, Cromer, decided to take him straight to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Once there, Tallis was taken by ambulance to Chemsford Hospital to be treated by a specialist burns team.

Miss Smithurst said: “They stripped the skin off to his wrists to let all it heal at the same time.”

Her partner Stephen Hueck, 47, was with them at the hospital. He said: “You could hear him scream a good hundred yards away. Whatever he felt I don't want to know.”

The incident at the nursery was followed by another earlier this month when a two-year-old girl wandered out of the centre on to a busy main road.

Ian Money, head teacher at Suffield Park Infants, which is on the same complex as the centre, said his thoughts were with Tallis and his family.

Two members of staff have been suspended following the accident and Norfolk County Council said health and safety at the centre would be reviewed.

The toddler has been given an open discharge, his bandage has been removed and his skin has healed - leaving him with a pink hand. Miss Smithurst, from Cromer, said: “It will stay pink for a couple of years. Occasionally he will catch it and say 'ow'.”

She and her partner said the toddler was incredibly brave. Mr Hueck, an HGV driver, said: “He has been a brilliant little boy. I couldn't have coped the way he did.”

Tallis will not return to the centre and Miss Smithurst is nervous about sending him to another nursery.

The family are seeking legal advice.


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