Owner says Spanish Fork daycare is safe after toddler hit by bullet

May 23, 2023, 10:10 AM | Updated: 3:08 pm

Spanish Fork Police report that, on Monday, a 2-year-old child was hit in the head by a small calib...

Spanish Fork police say a child is recovering after he was shot by a small caliber bullet while playing outside at their daycare. (Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio)

(Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio)

SPANISH FORK, Utah — The owner of a daycare where a 2-year-old was hit by a stray bullet on Monday, says the facility is safe.

Spanish Fork Police said that, on Monday, the child was hit in the head by a small caliber bullet while in a fenced area of Leap Ahead Daycare.

The daycare is near 2000 North and 300 West in Spanish Fork.

Police said several kids were playing in an outdoor, fenced area of the daycare when an adult staff member saw one of the children fall. The child was “bleeding from the face” according to police.

The parents were called, and police said the parents took their child to a hospital.

Bullet hole in fence surrounding Spanish Fork daycare's outdoor play area (Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio) Daycare owner Lane Mugelston points to a bullet hole. The field near the daycare in Spanish Fork where a child was struck by a stray bullet.

After running scans, doctors said they found the bullet lodged in the child’s head.

He was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital and is in stable condition.

KSL NewsRadio spoke to the daycare owner, Lane Mugleston, on Tuesday. He said the fence in question is a privacy fence, and that nobody can see inside. 

“It’s a secure play area,” Mugleston said. And he said that the police told him this was likely just an accident.

“Even this morning, the officer who’s on it (the shooting case) told us that there shouldn’t be any worry at all for our parents, for this location, for our kids, and that we could totally take them outside,” Mugleston said.

However, today the children are playing inside.

In a press release, police said there is a field directly west of the daycare and that the bullet may have originated there.

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