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Connecticut boy burned after being hit by a tennis ball drenched in gasoline, set on fire: Family

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A 6-year-old boy in Connecticut is recovering in a hospital after another person allegedly covered a tennis ball with gasoline and threw it at him on Sunday, resulting in second- and third-degree burns.

Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, said unattended children were seen Sunday lighting objects on fire and playing with gasoline, according to Fox 5 New York.

Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital. The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and a long recovery ahead, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.

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Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital.  The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and has a long recovery, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.

Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital. The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and has a long recovery, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.
(GoFundMe made by Krankall’s family)

Police said the investigation is “very active” and said more details would be given.

Krankall’s sister, Kayla Deegan, said Dominick could have been burned to death.

“It resulted in this: My little brother was lying in the hospital bed, which could have burned to death,” Deegan said. “He can hardly sleep, he can hardly eat, he can hardly speak. It’s just not fair, just to see him like that makes me collapse.”

Deegan told NBC New York that another neighbor was the one who threw the gas-covered tennis ball at Krankall.

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Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital.  The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and has a long recovery, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.

Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital. The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and has a long recovery, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.
(GoFundMe made by Krankall’s family)

“What he did was pour gasoline on a tennis ball, took a lighter, lit it and threw it right in my brother’s face – and then ran away from him and saw him burn,” Deegan said.

No charges have been filed.

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Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital.  The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and has a long recovery, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.

Dominick Krankall, 6, was found with serious injuries by Bridgeport police and was taken to a local hospital. The report says the 6-year-old has a swollen face and has a long recovery, but may eventually have minimal scarring as a result of the incident.
(Krankall’s family)

A GoFundMe created by the family has raised nearly $ 130,000 and says the incident is a result of bullying.

An update posted on the fundraiser says Krankall’s condition is improving, but he will have to stay in bed for several months.

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