Police have launched an investigation into claims that a toddler had part of his earlobe “torn off” at a day nursery.
Daniyaal Abubaker, who will be two later this week, required 10 stitches after an incident at a nursery in the Garretts Green area of Birmingham in September.
The boy’s family claim that relatives have variously been told that he was bitten or punched by another child, or had suffered a fall.
His mother, Afsha Abubaker, told the Birmingham Mail she was informed that another child may have swallowed the small piece of earlobe, which has not been found.
Mrs Abubaker, a carer, told the newspaper: “We still don’t know what happened to our son to this day, but to see your son in terrible pain with part of his ear missing was just horrific.
“Daniyaal has been left traumatised.”
The nursery involved in the incident declined to comment other than to say that the matter has been referred to its lawyers.
Confirming that an inquiry is under way into how the boy came by his wound, a police spokesman said: “Specialist officers from West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit are reviewing the incident, in which a young child suffered an injury to his ear.
“Officers are in the process of contacting the family and relevant agencies, including Children’s Social Care, as part of the ongoing inquiry.”