Twelve-year-old Devin Garris is still bandaged and bright red six days after he was sunburned on a field trip with his day care.
Devin, who suffers from ADHD and a mild form of autism, visited an outdoor fountain in Duluth under the supervision of Kids Stay and Play day care located in Roswell.
“It felt excruciatingly painful … it’s indescribable,” Devin said.
Devin’s father, Grant Garris, took pictures that showed the burn and blisters two days after the trip. Some pictures were so graphic that Channel 2 Action News decided not to show them.
Grant said the staff at Kids Stay and Play never put sunscreen on Devin even though he was in the sun at the fountain between 2 and 2 1/2 hours.
“They should not be in business because they are neglecting children,” said Garris.
Garris said Kids Stay and Play told him that Devin refused to put on sun screen or wear a T-shirt. But Garris said it was up to the day care to make sure Devin was protected especially because of his disability.
“They are the adults in the situation … that is the reason they are care providers, to provide that care for my child, and they neglected that,” said Garris.
No one from Kids Stay and Play would talk to Channel 2 Action News reporter Diana Davis on camera, but a manager told Davis that staff members saw Devin put on sunscreen at least twice. Kids Stay and Play also said no other child on the trip was burned. Devin’s dad says that doesn’t matter.
Davis asked Devin what he had to say about the day care’s claim that the staff saw him put on sun screen.
Davis: Is that the truth or is that a lie?
Devin: That is not true.
Devin’s dad said his son should never have had a choice.
“Either put on the sunscreen or you are not going to play in the water. Put a T- shirt on or you are going to have to sit out,” said Garris.
Garris said he has asked the state to investigate Kids Stay and Play and also said he plans to sue.