A 10-year-old, special needs boy is now in a medically induced coma after being set on fire by a juvenile.
According to The Associated Press, Kayden Culp from Kerrville, Texas was set on fire earlier this month. An unnamed juvenile, who is “responsible for causing the victim’s burns,” is being charged with first-degree arson. He is just one of three boys between the ages of nine and 11 that were taken into custody for the incident.
Culp’s mother, Tristyn Hatchett, confirmed that her son suffered burns to about 20 percent of his body. The burns range from his ears to his belly button.
The boy’s aunt, Kelly Mack, recently spoke out and said she believes he was targeted. She also stated that the boys behind Culp’s burning should be “incarcerated.”
“The other kids are saying that he was going to be riding his bike like he always is, my nephew Kayden is going to be riding his bike, and they said we’re going to grab him and take him inside and burn him,” Mack told News 4 San Antonio. “If it wasn’t premeditated, it still is attempted murder.”
Culp’s mom said that her son believed these boys were his friends, but they usually made fun of him.
“He considered these guys his friends, but they would make fun of him and pick on him and tease him,” she explained. “He was usually the brunt of that kind of joke, but he kept playing with them.”
Police chief David Knight said that he does not know how the fire started. The boys were inside a shed where the fire began. The unnamed boy being charged with first-degree arson then left to get a gasoline canister to make the fire bigger.
When the boy arrived back, the fire began to travel up the canister, prompting the boy to throw it and hit Culp with it.
Knight also stated that he does not believe there was any premeditation in Culp’s burning.
Culp’s family has since set up a YouCaring page for the boy, where they have noted that his organs are beginning to fail. So far, they have raised nearly $200,000.
We all wish Culp a speedy recovery in this incident.