Mom posts graphic photos of sons’ sunburn after daycare trip

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VINITA, Okla. — A mother in Oklahoma posted graphic photos of her sons’ sunburn after they returned from a field trip with their daycare.

Shaunna Broadway told BuzzFeed Life that two of her boys, ages 5 and 7, suffered second- and third-degree burns during a trip to a local water park with their daycare.

WARNING: These photos are extremely graphic

Broadway said she took the boys to Happiness is a Learning Center at 9 a.m. and when she returned to pick them up at 5 p.m. they were crying because of their burns, FOX8 reported.

“[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,” she told BuzzFeed Life.

The daycare staff told Broadway her boys were told to keep their clothes on because the staff didn’t have sunscreen with them at the waterpark. They said her sons didn’t listen and got burned as a result.

“It was common sense that they shouldn’t have been out in the sun all day, even if they wore their clothes,” Broadway told BuzzFeed Life. “The heat index was 118 degrees in Vinita that day. The news was telling us not to be outside.”

By Saturday, the burns blistered and Broadway had to take her kids to the hospital because they were in extreme pain.

Even after treatment, Broadway said the boys were still in pain and one was having trouble breathing.

The following day the boys were flown to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.

The family has since filed a police report and is planning to hire an attorney.

“We’ve been conducting interviews at the day care, the hospital and with other parents to see if there’s anything that leads us to conclude it was neglect or child abuse,” Officer Bobby Floyd told BuzzFeed Life.

The boys will remain at Shriners Hospital until they are stable enough to return home.


  • jmg

    This is horrible, but most daycares, schools and such make it clear that they cannot apply sunscreen and that it is up to the parents to apply it before school. That said, kids should not be kept outside for hours unless there are arrangements made to reapply sunscreen, especially at a water park. And the teachers should have had the kids sit in the shade if they didn’t want to keep their shirts on since they were disobeying instructions.

    • Me

      Even having the parents apply sunscreen would not have helped this situation. It’s well known that if you are going to be outside for a prolonged period of time-especially playing in water-sunscreen need to be re-applied periodically. If they are not willing to apply sunscreen to the kids, they should not take the kids to a water park. Period.

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  • Diane Cain

    that is so so sad sorry and ur children will b in my prayers i really hate reading about sad things going on in this world about children dying in hot cars to molestation to child abuse i sure hope u bring that day care down

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