A 1-year old toddler is recovering from severe burns after walking around without shoes at Greenwood splash pad.
On Monday afternoon, the child was at the splash pad with his family. He ran out in front of his mother with no shoes on. That is when bystanders noticed that the poor boy just kept screaming and screaming.
The mother put his shoes back on and let him go splash around in the water. She noticed shortly after the incident that the child’s feet were turning pink.
He was taken to the doctor, who informed the parents that the burns on the toddler’s feet were much more severe than they thought. He had suffered from second degree burns. The parents had to regularly put cream on his feet, which were covered in blisters.
As of now, the boys blisters have popped and the soles of his feet are extremely tender.
The parks and recreation director, Rob Taggart, was informed of the situation. He said he’s never had a complaint like this before, but he warns all parents to be cautious as the department searches for a proper course of action, urging them to “make sure your kids have proper foot attire.” Plastics, asphalt and concrete heat up easily in the sun.
Kristen received support for her friend’s child and some harsh critique after posting these photos on social media. She says they just wanted to make other parents aware.
“This was obliviously not a case of negligence it was just an accident and the reason why we made the post was to make sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else.”
A friend says the boy walked out from his mother with no shoes on.
“And he just kept screaming and screaming and screaming. She put his shoes back on his feet to let him go play in the water then noticed that his feet were turning pink,” family friend Kristen said.