Oklahoma daycare closed after brothers severely sunburned

A tragic story has come out of Oklahoma after two young brothers were hospitalized after suffering severe sunburns while at daycare. 

Doctors are trying to ease the intense pain that 7-year-old Connor is dealing with. His mother, Shaunna Oxford, said the situation is even more overwhelming because his 5-year-old brother Trae also has severe burns covering his body. 

“You know I can’t explain what it’s like to be a mother and have your kids asking you why this happened and, ‘Mom please make it stop,’” she said. “Even to the point of begging me not to go back to work because they don’t want to ever go back to daycare again.”

Oxford said her boys complained of sunburns when she picked them up from Happiness Learning Center on Friday. She said the daycare took her boys to the Splash Pad that recently opened in Vinta. She claims the daycare let them play outside almost all day without any sunscreen. 

Wayne Broadway is Connor and Trae’s grandfather. He said two hospitals treated and released his grandsons over the weekend, even though their burns kept getting worse. 

“I just want to see them well,” he said. “Hopefully they can go through this process and have complete healing and the memories of this will go away as they grow older.”

Broadway’s grandsons were flown to Shriners Hospital after they went to the burn unit at Hillcrest in Tulsa. 

The daycare did not comment on the story. In the last 10 months, DHS logged 19 times when Happiness Learning Center was not in compliance with state
regulations. 

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