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Autistic Boy Set On Fire By Other Children

| by John Freund
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A Texas special needs boy is fighting for his life after he was allegedly set on fire by other children.

WOAI reports that 10-year-old Kayden Culp was burned over 20% of his body, from his ears to his belly button. His mother Trysten claims that Kayden was playing in a field with two other children, when one of the boys doused him with gasoline and lit him on fire.

Trysten claims that Kayden was targeted because he is autistic.

"He needs justice," said Ashley White, a family friend. "I mean, no kid deserves to go through anything he’s going through. At all. Period."

A Kerrville city spokeswoman said several children were playing when they started a fire, and one ended up being severely burned. Kayden remains on life support at University Hospital with 1st and 2nd degree burns, while the fire marshal conducts an investigation.

The area of incidence has been cordoned off by police. Kayden's bike was still visible at the scene following the incident.

The family has started a You Caring page to raise funds for Kayden’s medical expenses. As of Oct. 5, over $3,000 has been raised.

Sources: WOAI, You Caring / Photo credit: WGHP

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