Threads from a baby pillow entangled around a 15-month-old child’s neck has prompted a popular retailer in the city to remove the product from its shelves while an investigation is conducted.

Last week, Melinda Gombert awoke to her son Lucas “losing his mind screaming,” and upon entering the child’s room she discovered an Ikea “Len” crib baby pillow with the threads unravelled and wrapped around his neck three times and his body once.

“The pillow was just hanging at his side and it took me about five minutes to unravel it and the seam was busted open,” she said, adding her son had red lines on his neck the rest of the day.

“It was so terrifying, and I just want something to be done about it so no other mother or child has to go through what we went through.”

The incident occurred on March 8 and Gombert immediately contacted both Ikea and Health Canada through their websites and both are investigating the product’s safety.

“I’m really glad they are addressing the problem quickly,” Gombert added.

Ikea Canada spokesperson Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick said the pillows will remain off the shelves until the investigation by Health Canada is complete, and then they will decide if a recall is necessary.

“We take matters like this very seriously and we are committed to the safety and security of everyone who comes into contact with our products,” she said.

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