A family in Austin, Texas, is suing a local day care center, The Goddard School, a private preschool, after their toddler suffered severe burns on his hands while he was in its care.
According to the baby's mother, she received a phone call from the day care, stating that her baby had burned his hands on a door. The door led from the playground outside to the inside of the building.
The mother said, that according to the day care staff, her baby, who had just started walking, "had touched something hot on a door, either a metal door or a metal plate on the door and that he had burnt his finger."
When the mother arrived, however, she said she found her son screaming at the top of his lungs while he held out both his hands which had large yellow blisters already forming.
The mother rushed her son to a pediatrician next door to the day care, who instructed her to bring her baby to a hospital immediately. Upon arrival at the hospital, the physician there called a burn hospital in San Antonio. At the burn hospital, the toddler underwent surgery on his hands.
The baby has undergone several procedures over the past months and will have to wear gloves for up to a year while his hands heal to prevent strictures. His injuries have caused him a lot of pain and have slowed his eating development.
The day care owner states that teachers were to test the doors each time they are outside to make sure they are not too hot. Documents also show that staff members have tried using laminated posters to cover the door outside but they keep falling off. Kris Betts "Austin daycare sued after mom finds severe burns on baby's hands" http://www.wtsp.com/article/news/austin-daycare-sued-after-mom-finds-severe-burns-on-babys-hands/67-526945522 (Mar. 08, 2018).