10-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Setting Himself on Fire: Police

By Jess Wisloski on December 7, 2013 4:53pm 

 A 10-year-old boy was fighting for life on December 7, 2013, after setting himself ablaze.
A 10-year-old boy was fighting for life on December 7, 2013, after setting himself ablaze.
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EAST NEW YORK — A 10-year-old boy was struggling to survive Saturday after apparently accidentally setting his clothing on fire in the bathroom, police said.

The victim, who was being treated for life-threatening injuries at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill-Cornell Medical Center, had disappeared into the bathroom of his family's Bradford Street house at 7:46 a.m. only to come out with his clothes in flames, police said.

"Nobody entered the bathroom at the time he was in there, [and] it was believed he was playing with some sort of matches or lighter," said an NYPD spokesman.

No criminality was suspected immediately, police said.

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