Oklahoma Day Care Investigated After 2 Boys Suffer Severe Sunburns

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Two young boys are undergoing treatment for severe sunburns after their day care left them outside all day with little or no sunscreen, their mother said.

Seven-year-old Connor and 5-year-old Trae are currently in a hospital in Galveston, Texas, after suffering second and third-degree burns, NBC affiliate KJRH reported. 

Their mother, Shaunna Oxford, said her sons complained of burns after she picked them up from the Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita, Oklahoma, on Friday. She said the boys were taken to a splash pad by the day care and left to play outside with little to no sunscreen all day.

“You know I can't explain what it's like to be a mother and have your kids asking you why this happened and (say) mom please make it stop,” she told KJRH. “Even to the point of begging me not to go back to work because they don't want to ever go back to day care again.”

Oxford took her sons to a hospital in Oklahoma over the weekend. They were later transferred to a Galveston hospital for treatment. 

The day care center has received 19 previous complaints from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) for not complying with state regulations, according to KJRH.

OKDHS is investigating the latest allegations. The agency said the day care owner voluntarily closed the business.

When reached by NBC News, the owner of the day care chose not to comment on the case.

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