A TODDLER had his finger badly broken in an incident at a Kirklees Council office.
Now an inquiry is under way into what happened to the Oakes youngster.
Three-year-old Joseph Gledhill needed six stitches after his family claim a desk-top slammed on to his hand while he waited in the Civic Centre in Huddersfield with his mum, Janice Logan, at Monday lunchtime.
His furious grandad, Kelvin Gledhill, of Oakes, says the left-handed tot was lucky not to have had his finger chopped off.
Kirklees Council are now trying to find out exactly what happened.
Miss Logan, 24, of Scholes, Holmfirth had been waiting in line to pay a bill with Joseph and his little brother, Jake, 16 months.
Joseph wandered off to the security counter and was ushered away by a security officer.
But as his mother was paying the bill, he approached the desk a second time.
His family say the desk top was slammed shut, on to the tot's hand, and snapped his finger.
"The guy got his own hand to cover it so his mum couldn't see what had happened," said Mr Gledhill.
"Joe was hysterical. He had gone white and he was screaming."
X-rays at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary confirmed the finger, which had split and was bleeding, was broken.
Mr Gledhill said the council had tried to sweep the incident under the carpet when they complained.
"He could have lost his finger. That's the argument we have got."
Joseph's mum and dad, Shaun Gledhill, are considering taking legal action.
A council spokes woman said: "We are investigating the incident.
"We can't make any further comment until we have investigated this matter thoroughly."