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Police swarm day care over blanket dispute

9:24 AM, Apr 4, 2008   |    comments
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Littleton Police spokesperson Lt. Mike Broadhead says officers scrambled to the center, at 5301 South Lowell Boulevard, between 7 and 8 a.m. Thursday.

"This came in as a holdup or a panic alarm," Broadhead said.

Broadhead says a teacher was arguing with the father of a kindergarten-age student over whether the student's favorite blanket, "BaBa", could be brought to the day care.

Willows Child provides blankets to kids and discourages them from bringing their own, which could contain germs.

Broadhead says police called the day care before responding to make sure the alarm signified a genuine emergency.

"She said, 'Yeah, I need help right now,'" Broadhead recalled.

Upon arrival, the angry parent had left and police told the teacher to save the alarm for true emergencies.

Broadhead says the father was asked to take his child from the day care and never return.

Police declined to identify either the teacher or parent.

Paul Bivens, president of Willows Child, defended the actions of his employees.

"I don't apologize for my staff member hitting the alarm to get the police there," he said. "Did they follow exact procedure? No. They were scared. They were intimidated."

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