The family of a 6-year-old kid from Connecticut, who was allegedly set on fire by a bully in a terrible incident, has released heartbreaking images of him in the hospital.
Dominick Krankall’s face and legs were severely burned on Sunday, and his whole body is now swollen and bandaged. Afternoon playtime in the backyard of the family’s house off Louisiana Avenue was reported by the boy’s sister, Kayla Deegan.
Deegan recalls that the bully yelled her son’s name and enticed him over the corner as soon as he stepped down the stairs. “Mommy, they lit me on fire,” Deegan screamed as she ran around the corner.
According to her, a local resident’s 8-year-old son broke into a shed on the property, where he found gasoline and lighters. He summoned Deegan’s younger brother over at that point.
“What he did was pour gasoline on a tennis ball, took a lighter, lit it up and just chucked it right at my brother’s face — and then ran away from him and watched him burn,” Deegan said.
Just before 4 p.m., a helicopter arrived at Bridgeport Hospital to take Dominick to the burn unit. Preliminary reports indicate that four unaccompanied youngsters were seen playing with gasoline and setting things on fire, according to police on Tuesday.
The kid is expected to make a full recovery, according to the hospital’s medical staff. When Dominick was hospitalized, his loved ones were upset because they said this was not the first time the accused bully had placed him there.
Even when contacted, after the family of the second youngster was found, they refused to speak about what had happened.
The event and the child’s injuries are under investigation by local and state authorities, as well as the state fire investigation team. As of Tuesday night, no charges had been brought against anybody.
However, others close to Dominick’s family are clamoring for retribution.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s sickening to know the family. There’s nothing being done about this,” said Deegan. “This needs to be seen everywhere so everyone knows Dom’s story and what he had to go through, and the extent it went to for someone to hopefully do something.”
The family is trying to gather money to assist cover the costs of the hospital stay and to enable them to relocate to a location that is more secure.