Six Year Old Playing w/Matches Burned Over 42% of Body

Six Year Old Playing w/Matches Burned Over 42% of Body

(OCSO, Aug. 21, 2020)

Orion Township, MI – The Sheriff’s Operations Center received a 911 call to 3000 block of Yosemite Dr for a 6-year-old child who had been burned.  Deputies arrived with the Orion Township Fire Department (OTFD). Deputies determined that the 6-year-old was visiting a friend’s house when he wanted to go play outside.  His friend did not want to go outside, so the 6-year-old went out by himself.   Once outside, the child began to play with matches which he had taken out of the house earlier in the day.  While doing so the child caught his shirt on fire and began screaming. 

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:  The homeowners heard the child screaming and went outside pulled off the child’s shirt and placed him in the shower until OTFD and Star EMS arrived.  It was determined that the boy suffered burns over 42% of his upper body and was transported to Children’s Hospital in Detroit by Star EMS.  A Detective was notified and responded to the scene to assist.  The investigation continues and Children’s Protective Services were notified of the incident.  

UPDATED INFORMATION: The child remains at Children’s Hospital being treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 42% of his body.

VICTIM INFORMATION: 6-year-old male, resident of Orion Township.

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