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EAST MOLINE, IL -- East Moline Police are still working to find those responsible for gluing razor blades to playground equipment. It happened at Millennium Park off Archer Drive on Monday. Police say a two-year-old child received small lacerations on his hand and was treated at home by his parents. Police are asking anyone with information to call the police department or crimestoppers.

Captain John Reynolds of East Moline Police Department says this is an isolated incident and that they have not seen anything like this in the past.

Reynolds says there are no surveillance cameras at Millennium Park, like many other Quad Cities parks. The best thing a parent or caregiver can do is take precautions themselves. "It would be a good idea to check playground equipment, whether it's a school or park just to make sure that nothing else was done like this."

Around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, an East Moline Police Officer was doing a safety check at Millennium Park. He tells us that they will likely be doing these checks daily throughout the summer. More children will be out on the playground as the weather starts to warm up, and it's best to prevent another crime like this from happening.

The East Moline School District Superintendent, Kristin Humphries, says the district is also taking precautions. Humphries says, "I sent an email out to all our principals, secretaries, and to our director of maintenance early this morning asking them to check all the playgrounds before the children were able to go out just to make sure we are okay. And I've asked them to do that each day just to ensure that nothing is going on." He adds that they did not find anything in harms way of the kids.

Rock Island, Silvis, and Moline also checked their city parks today. It seems that everyone is being vigilant, including neighbors.

Sandy Muller, a grandmother and nearby resident, says she keeps an eye on Millennium Park when they are going in and out of the house. She often takes her grandchildren to Millennium Park and was upset and confused as to why someone would deliberately try to harm children. "We're going to have to step it up. I think the citizens are going to have to take an active role in making sure everything is on the up and up over there because I don't want any children getting hurt. That's just unacceptable to me."

Until the suspect is caught, the community is encouraged to check their surroundings to make sure it is safe for kids to play.

Keene Hart, the Injury Prevention Coordinator at Safe Kids Quad Cities, says, "When you go to parks, make sure there is no debris around -- nothing the kids can trip on. Make sure that swing sets are in working order and check all that kind of stuff. The unfortunate situation that's happened the other day is just crazy, but if you see something suspicious like that, notify law enforcement right away."

Hart adds that prevention is key to keeping the children safe.

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