One-Year-Old Suffers 2nd-Degree Burns After Daycare Lets Her Onto Playground Without Shoes

Jul 11, 2019

It’s not easy to leave behind your toddler at daycare in the trust of strangers while you’re away working for the day. Sometimes the worst case scenario might run through your head, but for one mom in Texas, the unthinkable ended up happening—She picked up her one-year-old from daycare with 2nd-degree burns on the soles of her feet.

The mother’s name was Tiffanie Cedillo, who spoke to reporters, and told them about the state her poor kid was in when she saw her:

"She was screaming when I went to go pick her up,” said Cedillo to KBTX News.

Daycare staff had called her earlier that day to tell her what happened and Tiffanie recorded the whole phone-call. Staffers explained that her daughter Audrey-Rose was barefoot because she had a bathroom accident earlier that day that ruined her shoes. So she was allowed to go outside in the hot weather on the even more scorching pavement.

The daycare sent her photos of her child’s red and blistered feet, and Tiffanie was “heartbroken.” On the way to rushing her child to the ER, Tiffanie also called the police to hold those accountable for what happened.

“It was almost a hundred degrees yesterday,” she told KBTX News.”It’s just common sense you don’t send kids out barefoot on the playground. My child was neglected and I would like for people to know that.”

Now Cedillo understandably has not returned to the Wee Care For All Daycare in Brenham, Texas, and keeps her baby close to her at a makeshift nursery at work.

Juvenile skin is just more prone to burns than that of adults, and a representative of the National Recreation and Park Association warns parents of the risks:

“Younger children, especially under five years old, can suffer second- or third-degree burns in a matter of moments," said Tom Kalousek to Accuweather. "They take their shoes and socks off and use their hands and feet to get around and don't realize the dangers.”

He also mentions the threat of very hot playground equipment that can do the same damage as a hot pavement. Be wary of your kids on the playground this summer and you could save them from the pain of scalding burns. And don’t forget those shoes!

You can watch the story in the video below:

Parents should be notified of the perils of a hot sidewalk for their infant’s sensitive feet. Please tell them about what could happen, you might save a child from injury.