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Brothers, 5 & 7, Hospitalized With Severe Burns After Daycare Runs Out Of Sunscreen

Tue, July 28, 2015 10:17am EDT by Add first Comment
“We are investigating the criminal element of neglect with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services,” Vinita Police Officer Bobby Floyd told BuzzFeed.

So horrific! What was supposed to be a fun summer field trip for two young  brothers, sadly turned into a nightmare. The two little boys suffered severe burns after their daycare center ran out of sunscreen and continued to let the boys play at the park. Warning, their burns are extremely graphic.

Shaunna Broadway, 26, of Vinita, Oklahoma rushed her two young sons, to a local hospital after their sunburns were so severe, that they reportedly started to blister and bubble up on their backs and shoulders. 7-year-old Conner and 5-year-old Trey were then flown to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.


It’s hard to imagine that a daycare center would bring children to play at a water park and not be prepped to cover them head to toe in sunscreen. Sadly, one daycare center thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to lather up two young children with protection. They had reportedly ran out and didn’t think it was necessary to buy more for the kids.

One of the most sickening parts, it that the daycare employees were making fun of one the boys for crying over the burn. “I got off work at 5 p.m. and went to pick them up, and they were clearly burned,” Shaunna told BuzzFeed. “[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.” How horrible, we can’t imagine how angry she must’ve been!

The photos of the boys’ injuries were deemed too graphic for a GoFundMe page the family set up, and they were pulled. Creator Jerry Broadway stated, “That should give you an idea of the seriousness of the burns.” Conner suffered third-degree burns while Trey had second-degree sunburns, according to the page.

As for bringing the daycare up on charges, “We are investigating the criminal element of neglect with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services,” Vinita Police Officer Bobby Floyd told BuzzFeedKOTV reported the day care has been cited 19 times for various infractions by the state Department of Human Services over the last year. How reckless.

Our thoughts are with Shaunna and her two boys during their tough recovery. If you would like to donate, click here!

— Brittany King