Parents Alleged 6-Year-Old Boy Severely Burned By Bully. Video Shows He Wasn’t Deliberately Set On Fire

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Update: The post has been updated to reflect video evidence released at a later date showing the boy was not directly set on fire by another child.

A six-year-old boy from Connecticut suffered second- and third-degree burns after playing with a soccer ball that was lit on fire and seemingly stepping on a cup of gasoline, video shows.

The parents and the boy originally alleged that a bully lit a tennis ball on fire and threw it in the child’s face, NBC News reported at the time.

Dominick Krankall was playing in his family’s backyard when the bully, who was not identified, “lured him around the corner” and the alleged incident happened, Krankall’s sister, Kayla Deegan, said, according to NBC News. Following the incident, the child returned home and told his mother that the bully had lit him on fire, Deegan said, the outlet reported.

The family of one of the boys originally accused of harming Krankall released video in June showing the boy stepping on a vessel of gasoline, kicking a soccer ball engulfed in flames and seemingly wiping off gasoline on his pants.


Four unsupervised children were spotted playing with gas and lighting some things on fire, according to the Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, NBC News reported. (RELATED: World-Famous Martial Artist Teaches Kids To Counter Bullying In Book)

Krankall was taken to the hospital following the alleged incident and is expected to recover despite his injuries, according to NBC News.

Krankall’s family has created a GoFundMe page to pay for his medical bills and new housing that has raised over $83,000 dollars in donations, the CT Post reported. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.