Two young Oklahoma brothers suffered horrific sunburns after their day care took them to a water park, which developed into blisters that sent them to the hospital.
Shaunna Broadway, 26, of Vinita, Oklahoma, enrolled her children in the Happiness Is a Learning Center, but has now filed a report with the police, after the day care took them to a local mini water park, but did not give them sunscreen.
The boys, Conner Harvey, 7, and Tray Wells, 5, were covered in blisters from the burns they suffered and taken to a hospital out of state once the skin issues reached dangerous levels. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Vinita, Oklahoma, brothers Conner Harvey, (left) 7, and Tray Wells, (right) 5, were flown to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, after developing third and second degree burns, respectively.
2. Shaunna Broadway, pictured with her sons in a Facebook photo, was horrified when seven-year-old Conner Harvey (left in black vest) and his brother Tray Wells (right with blue armband) came home with severe burns.
Broadway, who is a single working mother, first took her children to a hospital in Tulsa, but was told on Monday morning that the severity of the boys’ burns made it necessary that they are flown immediately to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.
Tray suffered second-degree sunburns while Conner, who has paler skin and red hair, suffered third-degree burns.
The burned skin has since been removed from the boys’ bodies and they were placed in wraps which were being changed regularly.
Skin grafts are being considered as an option for both boys, if their conditions do not improve.
3. Conner, who has red hair and paler skin, developed more severe burns than his brother. The white marks around the blisters is an anti-burn medication that began to crack as more blisters formed beneath it.
4. Skin grafts have been discussed as a possibility, though there are hopes that the children will be fine after the burned skin was removed Monday morning and they were wrapped.
The boys are expected to remain in Galveston for up to five days.
Broadway insists that the day care should take responsibility for the injuries. She said:
Right’s right, and wrong’s wrong, and there’s no excuse for this.
I’m a single parent, and I do all I can. I work Monday through Friday, and they have to go to daycare.
No other children suffered serious burns during the Friday water park outing, on a day when residents were warned the heat index could reach 115 degrees.
5. The children are expected to have to remain in Galveston for up to five days as they undergo treatment. Staff at the daycare allegedly made fun of Conner for being a “baby” when he complained of the burns.
6. The daycare, which has been cited 19 times by the Department of Human Services in the last 10 months, told Broadway that they had run out of sunscreen but the boys. Below, the children’s blisters.
Speaking to News on 6, Broadway said:
When I asked them about it, they claimed they were out of sunscreen and that they told the kids to put on their shirts, but they didn’t want to leave them on.
But whose the adult and whose the child?
[The employees] were actually making fun of my older son, because both boys got sunburns but he was being a “baby” and crying about it.
In the past ten months, the day care has been cited for violations by the Department of Human Services 19 times — mostly for staffing and scheduling issues.
DHS officials are investigating, in addition to the police.
7. Children suffer horrific sunburns during a water park trip organized by their day care.
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