Crime

Teenager To Face Trial For Allegedly Setting 11-Year-Old Boy On Fire

| by Brendan Kelly

Philadelphia police have arrested a teenager accused of setting an 11-year-old boy on fire.

According to police, 11-year-old Glenn Spears was sitting on a porch in West Philadelphia with friends on July 8 when 16-year-old Rayfiq Tiggle walked by with a bottle of hand sanitizer. One of Spears' friends asked to have some and Tiggle allegedly told Spears that he was dirty, according to the Washington Post. He proceeded to spray Spears with the sanitizer and set him on fire with a cigarette lighter. 

"He started to spray it on us and when I was wiping it off he lit it on fire," Spears told WTXF-TV. "He told me not to tell anybody."

Spears was shirtless because he had been swimming with his friends. Police told WTFX-TV that if he had been wearing a shirt, it's possible the injuries could have been much worse.

Spears returned home after the attack and his mother, Kristal Manago, said his skin was "bubbling."

Manago took him to a nearby hospital where he was treated for second-degree burns on the left side of his body. There, he was reportedly given a shot and liquid medicine and his burns were wrapped.

Police said that they were given a description of the attacker from Spears and his friends. Officers arrested Tiggle a few blocks from the scene and brought him to the hospital for Spears to identify him. He had two lighters on him, according to police.

Tiggle was originally being held on $100,000 bail for recklessly endangering another person, arson, aggravated assault, simple assault, and possessing an instrument of a crime. After Spears testified in court on Friday, however, the judge increased Tiggle's bail to $500,000, Philly.com reported. He is to be tried as an adult.

Spear's mother said that she and her son did not know Tiggle but that one of Spear's friends "knew of" Tiggle.

His mother praised Officers Thor Johnson and Jennifer Jackson, who rushed her and her son to the hospital and found the suspect later that day.

Sources: Philly.com, Washington Post

Photo Credit: Philly.com