A six-year-old boy in Connecticut suffered second and third-degree burns to his face and legs after being hit with a burning tennis ball by another boy, his family said.
Dominick Krankall is recovering from serious burns in a Bridgeport Hospital after the alleged bullying attack that unfolded on April 24 afternoon.
Photos showed Dominick’s face nearly completely bandaged up and the visible parts were swollen.
Dominick’s sister Kayla Deegan told NBC New York that an eight-year-old boy, who lived in the same multifamily home, poured gasoline on a tennis ball, lit it, and “chucked it right at my brother’s face — and then ran away from him and watched him burn.”
Deegan said that Dominick was playing in the backyard of his family’s home on Louisiana Avenue with other children who lived below them.
“As soon as he walked down the stairs, the bully called his name and lured him over around the corner, and in a matter of seconds, he came back around the corner screaming, saying ‘Mommy, they lit me on fire,'” Deegan said.
The Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security said in a statement that preliminary reports indicate up to four unattended children were seen playing with gasoline and lighting objects on fire on the day of the incident.
As of April 26 night, no charges have been filed.
The cause of the burn injuries remains under investigation, according to officials.
Deegan said that the April 24 incident was not the first time the older child targeted Dominick.
The family of the older boy did not wish to address the incident, NBC New York reported.
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