Father Heated Over Child's Sunburn

A Nelson County father is outraged. He says his two year old son suffered a severe sunburn while at day camp. Little Brandon Newton was being cared for by supervisors at Bloomfield Elementary Day Camp.

Newton's father blames the camp workers for the child's burn, but the school district superintendent says the camp workers followed proper procedure.

You may remember a similar recent situation in Madison County. Bobby Jones is charged with criminal abuse after his two year old suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns from sitting out in the sun without sunscreen.


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  • by sunshine1027 Location: sunny place, ca on Jun 18, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    wow. that's insane. here in ca many pre-schools and day cares require parents provide sunscreen for their children. it's something like 1 sunscreen stick every three months. while i would be out-raged if my child came home to me in pain, i think this is a larger issue in general. how can we prepare parents, camps and schools alike for the protection of our children? studies say that 80% of our LIFETIME sun exposure happens before we're 18. there needs to be a plan of action to move forward and resolve this problem so it doesn't happen again. why put so much focus on how it happened and why, it would be more productive to put focus into a resolution.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jun 16, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    I for one am so sick of this ridiculous blame game. Its summer, kids get sunburns. Its been going on since time began. Did the father put sunscreen on the kid before camp? could it have washed off? Was the camp provided with sunscreen to reapply? Outraged father needs to cool his jets and stop looking for someone to blame and take proactive steps to make sure it doesn't happen again. Its no wonder kids don't accept authority these days when there parents are such a pain in the butt
  • by M Location: Kentucky on Jun 16, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Thankfully my childs daycamp workers..don't have to ask permission to apply something that will benfit my child!!They love these little ones and treat them like their own...if you would not let your kid out without sun screen then don't send other children out...what happened to the good old days when others truely loved your children like their own. If the daycare workers did not have permission to put sunscreen on then at least love this little 2yr old enough to keep him inside or put a shirt on him...come on its called COMMON SENSE..unfortunatly some of these state run daycares hire uneducated uncaring people who just want to make a dime. and then parents aren't smart enough to keep their kids away from these types of centers.
  • by confused Location: KY on Jun 16, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    Yes I agree sunburns are bad and they hurt. Parents and caretakers should reapply sunscreen often. Maybe the daycare or summer camps needs to say every so often every child needs to have their sunscreen reapplied that way everyone is taken care of and the precautions are there. And yes some will still get some sun, but atleast the right steps were taken. What I am confused about is one guy goes to jail over his child's sunburn, but here we have one guy who shook his baby so hard it died and another guy shook his baby and was near death but is living but is like a vegetable and both guys are walking the streets. Doesn't that seem a little backwards? The two guys with shaken babies needs to be in jail, and the guy with the child sunburned should be charged with neglect but not a felony and be put in jail. Sunburn is not near what death is. Our justice system is a little backwards.
  • by c Location: fkt on Jun 16, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    If daycare providers are not allowed to put sunscreen on the children, THEN DON'T TAKE THEM OUTSIDE! Wait a minute, that's just to SIMPLE! Parents can apply sunscreen BEFORE the child goes to daycare, but if they are in the water, then it needs to be re-applied, duh! This whole sunburn thing is TOTALLY OUT OF HAND! We all get sunburnt, it's not going to kill anyone! It may hurt like he**, but it will not kill you!
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Jun 15, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    To T in Jackson Co. At he place my child attends all we have to do is furnish sunscreen. I have never heard of having to get a dr statement for sunscreen. It is not a medication. Some people make their own rules so who knows. Still if a child needs sunscreen why don't a parent put it on before they go?
  • by T Location: Jackson Co on Jun 15, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    I don't think it was a day CARE but a day CAMP. There was probably swimming and such but still there are rules that places have to follow about sunblock, the state treats it like medicine and you do have to have permission forms signed and such, these children's parents probably didn't sign the forms. Also, to the person that said day cares were nightmares... I work at one, and they do a full background check, as well as a drug test before hiring, as well as random drug testing.
  • by Concerned Location: ky on Jun 14, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    Is the school system above the law ? Why put one in jail and not the other?
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jun 14, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    I vote for a class action lawsuit against the sun! Who's with me?!?!?!?
  • by wondering Location: lexington on Jun 14, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    So was he playing outside with no shirt on at daycare? How is the sunburn on his shoulders if he had a shirt on? I doubt the daycare would let them play shirtless outside!

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