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VINITA, Okla. – Two young Oklahoma boys are recovering from severe sunburns after, their mother says, they were left outside in the sweltering heat with little to no sunscreen by day care workers.
Shaunna Oxford is currently at a Texas hospital with her two sons, 7-year-old Connor and 5-year-old Trey, helping them recuperate from second and third-degree burns.
Oxford says her sons complained of burns when she picked them up from “Happiness Is A Learning Center” day care in their hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma on Friday.
She told KJRH that the day care took her children to a splash pad in Vinita, but let the kids play outside with little sunscreen.
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.
DHS says the owner of the day care voluntarily shut the doors 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.