Toddler burned on metal slide in Sherman

By: Dia Wall Email
By: Dia Wall Email

SHERMAN, TX - The photos of 21-month-old Kyndall McDaniel, just after she received second-degree burns from a metal slide at Hillcrest Park in Sherman are shocking.

"I knew it was hot, I told the kids to stay off the slides. But when I was just sitting under the pavilion, I looked up and she was running over to the slide that goes all the way down to the ground," said Michelle McDaniel, who immediately rushed to her daughter.

"Went to take her off the slide, my nephew got her first and she was sticking to the slide. Her knees and her hands, and we had to rush her to the emergency room," McDaniel said.

Kyndall has gone to see her pediatrician every day since then to have her wounds cleaned and bandaged. Sherman Fire Marshal Nathan Huffman said these kinds of slides can be dangerous. "These metal slides can reach temperatures anywhere from 120 to 150 degrees with direct sunlight, and that being the only heat source. So they get very, very hot."

One slide clocked in at 163 degrees at 10:45 Thursday morning. Slides just like it are in parks throughout Texoma. McDaniel said she doesn't want to attack the city. She just wants to call the community to action.

McDaniel said, "I was sitting here, I was watching my kids. I just looked up. She's 21-months-old and she was running toward the slide, you know and things happen."

McDaniel said as a parent, she takes responsibility for what happened. But more awareness is key in preventing more injuries to children. "I mean it is common sense, it's metal, it's going to be hot but just get the word out there parents beware."

Huffman said, "a slide with a temperature of 150 degrees can cause a third-degree burn in as little as five seconds of contact."

McDaniel hopes to rally the community to make a change so no other child goes through what Kyndall is going through right now.

"Let's really push the City of Sherman to get the metal slides out of parks and surrounding areas as well," McDaniel said.

Kevin Winkler, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Sherman sent us this statement:

"The City regrets that this incident occurred. We strive to provide a safe environment for all of our facilities to ensure that citizens can enjoy our amenities all year round. We will continue to use reasonable and prudent efforts to make our facilities available to the public while encouraging everyone to use discretion to ensure the safety of their children."


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  • by Ashley Cruz on Jul 11, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    I know this is from last year but I know the moms pain. My son just got second degree burns from a PLASTIC slide. It happens and I feel the same way as she does I just want people to realize it can happen and it is one of the worst feelings when it does. It was only eighty three degrees outside when the slide burned my son, so just be careful.
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Parents could've burned her on purpose for a lawsuit.
  • by Brandon Location: Denison on Jul 18, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Should have known better. I think it's just downright crazy to be outside in 105 deg. temps. Everyone knows metal slides are HOT!
  • by Aspen on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    I can't believe so many people are willing to bash on this poor woman. Now where in the article did it say that she was going to sue. She also admitted that she looked away for a moment and as soon as she looked up and realized that her daughter was running toward the slide, she went after her. It is not as common practice now as it was when most of us were growing up, but children do play in parks and don't always listen to their parents. She admitted fault and just wanted to make others aware. Remember, if common sense were common, we'd all be Einsteins.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to Aspen
      Aspen, she already knew the lides were hot, does that not tell you something to pick your child up and go home, no she goes ahead and sits in the shade and the little girl climbs up the slide and gets burned, this mom needs to have more common sense and she is not smart at all, why would you go out in this 100 degree weather in the first place! Stop protecting her, and no one on here said she was going to sue, they just said it smelled like a law suit they were not serious!
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        by Anon on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:37 AM in reply to
        As I stated below Aspen, and for everyone else... An 18 month old Toddler cannot climb up any of the metal slides in sherman on their own.... the steps are taller than a year and a half old child. The only way this could of happened was the mom put the child on the slide herself... She should be investigated if the child is able to climb up those steps on their own for wasting so much time not paying attention to her child because even if he can climb the steps, it would take a long time for the child to reach the top, and if it fell..... that's a whole other tragidy and story... 18 month olds cannot do these things by themselves...
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          by passer by on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to Anon
          Not defending the woman by any means at all- her making a big deal out of this is stupid- it is her own fault. Its like buying coffee and spilling it on yourself thinking its not going to be hot.. pure genious. However- The little girl did not have to necessarily climb up the slide- the whole thing is metal she just would have had to have touched it.:)
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          by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to Anon
          Passer by, you are so right, she just wanted her 4 mins. on KXII, which like you said was stupid, I really don't think I would show my face on the news to the whole Grayson County if I did something like she did, which I would not even take my kids to the park with the temperatures being this hot
  • by Texas Location: Texas on Jul 11, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    I am over 60 and I remember how hot metal slides would get when I was a kid. You learned you do not go down the slide unless you are wearing pants or water is flowing down it to cool it down. Mom and dad should have known better than to put a toddler on a metal slide this time of year. Take time to stop and think people. If you don't think, do not blame someone other than yourself. You knew better.
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      by Anon on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:50 PM in reply to Texas
      And that's the point, Congrats Texas... An 18 month old Toddler cannot climb up any of the metal slides in sherman.... the steps are taller than a year and a half old child. The only way this could of happened was the mom put the child on the slide herself... She should be investigated if the child is able to climb up those steps on their own for wasting so much time not paying attention to her child because even if he can climb the steps, it would take a long time for the child to reach the top, and if it fell..... that's a whole other tragidy and story... 18 month olds cannot do these things by themselves...
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        by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM in reply to Anon
        Anon, I am sure she had a old brother that put her up there, if you seent the video, remember the mom said she was in the shade, God for bid she be out in the heat with her kids
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jul 11, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    You will be the first one screaming --when they want to raise taxes to replace all the metal slides. Don't forget the chains on the swings. How about ALL the metal in playgrounds. Oh, wait...they will need to replace all those cahin-link ,,hot fences..because some parent might not see their child climp on them.
  • by Kim Location: Oklahoma on Jul 11, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    Wow, looking at these posts reminds me of why I don't normally get my news from the internet. I'm ashamed of the mean-spirited, outright visciousness of some my fellow texomans. Praying for this child and her mother.
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      by Becky on Jul 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to Kim
      Kim, its called using common sense and this mother has not got any at all, I have three boys and I have better sense than to go out in 100 degree weather and sit in the shade and watch my boys play on equipment that I know will burn them
  • by Charlotte Location: Texoma on Jul 8, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    Well, I guess the mother is happy, she got her five minutes of fame on channel 12.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    Since we're talking about common sense here, common sense should tell you that technology has improved over these past 30 years, and it's time to replace those slides with the current model. I'm just guessing, but I'd bet Sherman PD and FD and P&R have vehicles equipped with the latest in disc brakes, seat belts and air bags, and have been for quite some time. So what's the hold up with the playground equipment?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 at 09:31 PM in reply to Joey
      Joey, you really need to stop and think about what you just said, stop blaming the city for not putting in current model slides, this woman should have never been in the heat with her kids in the first place, oh but I forgot she was in the shade and her kids were out in the heat, she is an idiot bottom line and like Charlotte said above I hope this woman in happy, she got her five minute of fame on channel 12, which makes her look really stupid!
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        by Joey on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to
        This isn't a matter of "blame". It's a matter of common sense and responsibility for all involved. Sure, the parent overlooked what many would consider obvious, and I am sure she has regretted it every minute since this tragedy happened. Of course, anyone who has ever been responsible for a small child knows they have a tendency to get into things much quicker than a parent can react. However, the point I am making is that if the City finds the necessity and means to upgrade everything else for which it is responsible, why not the playground equipment? I tell you what looks stupid. It's all of you self righteous bozos who read (see) a story about a child receiving severe burns, and all you can do is harp about how her mother should have known better. Yes she should have, and so should the City, and so should you.
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          by Tom on Jul 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to Joey
          Common sense would tell you Joey, to not even go out in this 100 degree weather with your kids, any other day say if the temperature was in the 80's these slides would not be that hot
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          by Bob spelled backwards on Jul 11, 2011 at 01:48 PM in reply to Joey
          Joey, chances are you'll be the first one to complain about your taxes going up because the city put in new "high technology" playground equipment!
  • by ANON Location: SHERMAN on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:18 PM
    These slides have been around since i was a kid 30 years ago. the bumpy slide and two long slides at fairview would burn us every year. It's common sense here people.... it's a hot day, metal will be hot... yes sherman should do away with them, but in all fairness we have all grown up with these slides, lets all start using some common sense.
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