Mom Says Her 7-Year-Old Son Was Doused In Nail Polish Remover And Set On Fire By A Child Neighbor

Little Julien’s burns are so severe, it may take up to three years for his skin to grow back.

A Missouri mother says she is outraged after her 7-year-old son was allegedly doused in nail polish remover and set on fire by a neighbor’s 8-year-old.

Ashley Lyons told WDAF an 8-year-old boy dumped flammable liquid on her son, Julien Sandlin and then lit him on fire with a candle at the apartment complex where they both live. Sandlin was immediately rushed to the Children’s Mercy Hospital and underwent surgery to salvage the skin on his face and arms.

The child’s internal organs were also impacted and he may need skin grafts. There’s also a possibility his lungs could collapse, his mother said. Doctors told her that it could take years for the skin to grow back and the skin pigment may be affected.

“It’s a very painful process for him,” Lyons told The Kansas City Star “There is a lot of anxiety. There is a lot of anger. There is a lot of confusion. He’s trying to maintain the best that he can, for a 7-year-old.”

Lyons said her son and the boy who attacked him were playing outside their Hawthorne Place apartment Monday when the incident occurred.

Lyons told WDAF the complex has a notoriously high crime rate in Independence and that despite a recent increase in law enforcement personal around the area, crime has not subsided.

Via: USA Today

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