Tycroes mother's horror as gate falls on son
7:20am Wednesday 1st August 2012 in News
A TYCROES mum has relived the moment a wrought iron gate fell on her three-year-old son as he played in a local park.
Little Dean O’Leary was left pinned to the ground after last week’s accident at Tycroes Park tennis courts which mum-of-two Tanya O’Leary, 21, claims could have been fatal.
“My little boy could have been killed,” she said.
“When I rang up the council to complain, some guy said he’d see his supervisor about it.
“That’s just not good enough – by the time this is sorted, another child could have been badly hurt.”
Ms O’Leary’s partner, Daniel James, said Dean’s distress was witnessed by his two-yearold brother Ryan, as well as his pregnant mum.
“Two girls playing on the swings called out that Dean had fallen,” he said.
“I ran over and found the gate on top of him – he was screaming for his mum.
“That gate was heavy even for me to lift – it could have broken his back.”
Dean suffered cuts and bruises and a mark on his forehead where his head hit the Tarmac.
“I can’t help thinking what would have happened if that gate had fallen on a baby in a pram,” said Tanya.
A check-up at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen revealed no broken bones, but Tanya says she is now too afraid to take her children back to the park.
“It’s in an atrocious state,” she said. “The bins are overflowing and there’s broken glass all over the floor.”
A county council spokesman said: ‘An incident has been reported and is under investigation.”