Police get warrant for ointment used on Vinita boys, say it may have caused blisters

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VINITA, Okla. –  Police have issued a search warrant for the family of the two children who sustained second and third degree burns.

The boys, 7-year-old Conner and 5-year-old Trey, were sunburned when their day care took them on a trip to a splash pad in Vinita.

Their mother, Shaunna Oxford, says the staff did not apply sunscreen.

Oxford says her sons complained of burns when she picked them up from “Happiness Is A Learning Center” day care last Friday.

Police say the daycare requested that parents provide sunscreen for their children.

“None of the parents supplied the sunscreen,” Vinita police Chief Bobby Floyd told FOX23.

Over the weekend they were taken to the Claremore Regional Hospital due to the burns, and then Hillcrest Medical Center where they were recommended to fly to the Shriners Hospital in Galveston for treatment.

Now, the Department of Human Services is investigating the claims.

Vinita police issued a search warrant Thursday to get the ointment that was applied to the boys’ burns.

They say the ‘treatment’ may have actually caused the blisters.

“It could also be something we can give the doctors at the Shriner’s hospital so they can do an allergy test or skin test to see if the kids were allergic to anything in the lotion,” Floyd said.

Police say they had to get a search warrant for the ointment because the boys’ aunt wouldn’t surrender it.

The boys’ grandfather, Wayne Broadway, said the ointment was not immediately handed over because the family has obtained an attorney. Broadway said the family is starting to feel harassed, and they want everything to go through their legal representation.

“This is a fact finding mission. We’re not going to put handcuffs on somebody that doesn’t deserve that,” Floyd said. “We’re not going to accuse the mom, aunt, or grandfather. We’re not going to accuse the daycare of doing something until we can prove they’ve done something neglectful.”

DHS says the owner of the day care voluntarily shut their doors earlier this week as a result of the claims.

Officials say this isn’t the first time “Happiness Is A Learning Center” has had a run-in with DHS.

Just in the last 10 months, DHS says they have logged the day care 19  times for not being in compliance with state regulations.

The day care declined to comment on the allegations.

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