6-year-old gets severe burns in what the family calls a case of bullying

BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) – A child was taken to hospital after being burned this weekend in Bridgeport, officials said.

Officials said crews were called to Louisiana Avenue Sunday afternoon to report a burnt child.

The child, identified by the organizers of a fundraising effort as 6-year-old Dominick, was transported to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

“Preliminary reports suggest up to four unsupervised children were seen playing with gasoline and setting objects on fire,” Bridgeport officials said.

The incident is still under investigation.

A GoFundMe was started to help Dominick. It can be found here.

In it, the organizers described the incident as a case of bullying.

“My little brother Dom has been bullied for a while by the tenants downstairs,” Kayla Deegan and Toni Gauger wrote on the website. “It escalated to a deadly intent.”

Deegan and Gauger said one of the kids covered a ball in gasoline, lit it on fire and threw it at Dominick.

“Judgment has second- and third-degree burns to the face and leg,” they wrote. “He’s going to be a scar for life mentally and physically.”

Eyewitness News met with the boy’s father.

They say Dominick has made progress by walking around smiling.

It still hurts to smile because of his injuries.

“It’s just been a lot, you know? Just seeing him in pain has been really hard,” said Aaron Krankall, Dominick’s father.

He describes Dominick as his light.

While the 6-year-old is expected to be okay, Aaron knows the road to recovery will be long.

“All he wants to do is go outside and play, he keeps saying when I can go out and play again. Can’t give him an honest answer, we were going to fish on Sunday night. That was our plan,” he said. said Aaron.

Dominick was burned in his backyard Sunday.

The preliminary report says about four children were playing with gasoline and lighting objects.

Aaron says a neighbor’s child threw it in his son’s face.

He added that they have been having problems since they moved there last year.

“Pushing them, stumbling those who have always been some sort of problem. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes they can all get together and play. It was nice. But then there’s always one of my kids coming. always crying home, ”Aaron said.

Aaron says Dominick probably has about a week more in the hospital.

It’s longer than they might think, but Aaron says the community’s support has been nothing short of amazing.

“We have people who bring us dinners to my family before I get home, so they have dinner. We’ve had relatives and aunts, people who came over, and cousins ​​who came and helped. It’s just been great, Said Aaron.

The GoFundMe effort is aimed at covering hospital bills and a new home, according to its organizers.

Dominick's family said he sustained second- and third-degree burns.
Dominick’s family said he sustained second- and third-degree burns.(GoFundMe)

Family says 6-year-old burned in case of bullying

Officials said crews were called to Louisiana Avenue Sunday afternoon for the report of a burnt child.

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