Ten-year-old Kayden Culp sustained first and second degree burns to a quarter of his body after one of the playmates threw a burning canister at him on Sunday. It has been reported that the Texas boy was playing with a group of boys when he was lured to a shack which was then doused with gasoline and set on fire.
Kayden has been put in an induced coma ever since, and on Thursday, doctors were performing biopsies to determine the degree of skin grafts the boy would need, said Culp’s aunty Tanya Kasper.
Authorities have, on Wednesday, taken one of the three boys (believed to be involved in the horrific assault) in custody. The arrestee has been charged with first degree arson, and more charges are likely to be levied on the juvenile, reports Fox News. The name of the accused has been withheld for now.
The victim, Kayden Culp, has speech and hearing problems, and displays symptoms of autism, although not diagnosed. Kayden faces bullying almost every day of his life, said Kasper.
“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,” Culp’s mother told NY Daily News.
“It was hard for us to allow him to go play,” said Kasper to Fox News. “He wasn’t a regular 10-year-old; you didn’t know who really had good intentions for him.”
“We want to keep in mind that these are kids, and they do need help. We just want the proper justice done,” she further adds speaking of the perpetrators.
“He needs justice,” said family friend Ashley White. “I mean, no kid deserves to go through anything he’s going through. At all. Period.”
A YouCaring page has been set up to raise funds for Kayden’s treatment and other medical expenses. As of Thursday morning, $21,145 has already been raised. Kayden lies in a bed at the University Hospital in San Antonio.
“So, basically he’s still on life support,” said Kayden’s aunt. “We’re just hoping his body fights this off.”