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Toddler left ‘sobbing and terrified’ in a locked room with a soiled nappy at daycare

A horrified mother has slammed daycare workers who left her two-year-old son ‘sobbing and terrified’ in a locked storage room wearing a soiled nappy.

Samantha Bridge arrived to Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centre in Lake Haven, on the NSW Central Coast, on Friday.

Staff at the centre told Ms Bridge that they couldn’t find the toddler, before they eventually located him crying and shaking behind a cupboard in a storage room.

Staff at the centre told Ms Bridge that they couldn't find the toddler, before they eventually located him crying and shaking behind a cupboard in a storage room

Staff at the centre told Ms Bridge that they couldn't find the toddler, before they eventually located him crying and shaking behind a cupboard in a storage room

Staff at the centre told Ms Bridge that they couldn’t find the toddler, before they eventually located him crying and shaking behind a cupboard in a storage room

The incident happened at Dinky Di Children's Learning Centre (pictured) in Lake Haven, on the NSW Central Coast, on Friday

The incident happened at Dinky Di Children's Learning Centre (pictured) in Lake Haven, on the NSW Central Coast, on Friday

The incident happened at Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centre (pictured) in Lake Haven, on the NSW Central Coast, on Friday

‘He was found crying for help, shaking for his mum and nanny in a soiled nappy that was so bad he has broken blisters now being treated with steroid cream and antibiotics,’ Ms Bridge told The Daily Telegraph.  

‘This has left me heartbroken for my child and fearing for the safety of other children. I’m horrified at the management not taking any disciplinary action and just dismissing the issue.’ 

Ms Bridge said her son has been left traumatised from the incident and doesn’t want to be left alone.

‘He (Abel) has now regressed in behaviour by sucking his thumb constantly and not allowing me to leave him alone or shut any doors in our own home, crying ‘please don’t lock me in here’,’ she said.

During an internal investigation on Monday, Ms Bridge was told that Abel was only left alone in the room for 30 seconds before she arrived to pick him up. 

The centre released a statement saying steps were 'immediately taken to address the issues'

The centre released a statement saying steps were 'immediately taken to address the issues'

The centre released a statement saying steps were ‘immediately taken to address the issues’

It’s not the first incident to take place at Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centres. 

A worker recently uploaded a TikTok video of themselves sitting in a cot while a child was on the floor.  

Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centres confirmed both incidents are under investigation.

It released a statement saying steps were ‘immediately taken to address the issues’. 

Ms Bridge said her son has been left traumatised from the incident and doesn't want to be left alone. Pictured: the room where Abel was found

Ms Bridge said her son has been left traumatised from the incident and doesn't want to be left alone. Pictured: the room where Abel was found

Ms Bridge said her son has been left traumatised from the incident and doesn’t want to be left alone. Pictured: the room where Abel was found

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