KERRVILLE, Tex. – A Texas boy is on life support after officials say another child set him on fire. Now, the community is rallying behind the victim, donating more than $75,000 to help with medical expenses.
Ten-year-old Kayen Culp was playing in a field in Kerryville, Texas with two other kids when one doused him in gasoline and another set him on fire, the victim’s aunt told WOAI.
“The other kids are saying that he was going to be riding his bike like he always is, my nephew Kayden is going to be riding his bike, and they said we’re going to grab him and take him inside [a shed] and burn him,” said Kelly Mack, the victim’s aunt.
The Kerrville Fire Marshal said a child was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson. The fire marshal did not release the suspect’s identity, but said in a statement that the child is “responsible for causing the victim’s severe burns.”
Kayden’s mother, Tristyn Hatchett, said her son has trouble hearing and speaking.
The family believes the attack was planned.
“My son is a special guy. He was rowdy and he liked to have fun,” Hatchett told My San Antonio. “He considered these guys his friends, but they would make fun of him and pick on him and tease him. He was usually the brunt of that kind of joke, but he kept playing with them.”
“He needs justice,” said family friend Ashley White told WOAI. “I mean, no kid deserved to go through anything he’s going through. At all. Period.”