Cruel: Special Needs Kid Playing With Other Children Suddenly Doused With Gas Then Set On Fire In Texas Field
A special needs kid, who is said to have the characteristics of an autistic child but has not been diagnosed, was playing with three children when he was reportedly doused with gasoline by them. He was then set on fire and now he is on life support.
The 10-year-old boy, identified as Kayden Culp, was said to be playing in a field in Kerrville, Texas. His mother, Tristyn Hatchett, claimed that the three boys he was playing with intentionally doused him with gasoline. He suffered burns on over 20 percent of his body from his ears down to his belly button.
Culp is currently under medications to stabilize his heart. He is in an induced coma and is on life support at the University Hospital, People reported. Culp will be having biopsies in order for the doctors to determine the degree of skin grafts he would need since he sustained both first and second-degree burns.
The fire marshal is investigating the incident and Culp's bike is still in the area. No other details are available regarding the three kids Culp was playing with at the time of the incident but one of them was said to be taken into custody. They are aged nine, 10 and 11 and the child in custody was charged with first-degree arson.
Based on the reports, Culp was lured into a shack and reportedly told his mother, "He hurt me. He set me on fire. He needs to go to jail." Fox News also reported that Culp's aunt, Tanya Kasper said they believe the act was premeditated. Kasper added that these are children and they need help but still the family wants the proper justice to be served.
Kasper continued they usually do not allow Culp to go out due to his behavior. He is quite hyperactive and an easy target for bullies but Kasper stressed her nephew is a happy child who loves football and animals.
Meanwhile, a YouCaring page has been set up for Culp in order to help with the hospital bills. It has raised more than $20,000.