A 6-year-old Connecticut boy seriously burned in April was not intentionally hurt, undercutting claims that he was targeted by an older child who threw a gasoline-soaked ball at him.
In a statement, Bridgeport police said they reviewed surveillance footage which showed no evidence that Dominick Krankall was intentionally lit on fire by any other children. Police previously said they were investigating claims that four children were playing with gasoline and lighting objects on fire when Krankall suffered second and third-degree burns to his face and legs.
Months earlier, Krankall’s family told the media that an 8-year-old boy poured gas on a tennis ball, lit it on fire, and threw it at Krankall’s face. The older boy was also accused of watching as Krankall was burned.
On a GoFundMe page dedicated to Krankall’s recovery, his sister said police never let their family review the video which apparently shows the boy not being intentionally harmed. She also noted that her brother’s “story has never changed.”
“Until you’ve been through something like this as a parent or family member, your opinion doesn’t matter,” she wrote. “We need to focus on Dominick’s healing. If you have any other questions, reach out to me and stop bashing my family on social media.”
Krankall was reportedly released from the hospital early last month. Bridgeport police said their investigation remains active.
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