A newly surfaced video suggests that Dominick Krankall (left) was not set on fire by bullies and instead caught ablaze while playing with a flaming soccer ball (Pictures: GoFundMe/WFSB)
A six-year-old boy whose parents claimed he lured to his backyard and set on fire by bullies did not actually get burned that way, according to a newly surfaced video. Instead, the clip shows the boy kicking a flaming soccer ball along with three other children.
Dominick Krankall suffered second- and third-degree burns in late April, with his parents accusing his eight-year-old neighbor of coaxing him over and and setting him aflame with gasoline and a lighter.
At the time, Dominick’s father Aaron Krankall said his son said the other boys lit him on fire.
But the footage released on Friday by a family member of one of the accused boys shows all four children including Dominick setting fires and kicking a soccer ball ablaze in the backyard.
Dominick appears to catch on fire after kicking or stepping on a plastic cup filled with gasoline and flames. The video shows Dominick falling to the ground, but does not show the other boys targeting or attacking him, or dousing him with gasoline, according to WFSB.
‘They were interacting in the backyard being boys,’ Laura Giacobbe, the mother of one of the other boys, told the TV station.
‘Dominick was not left there to die. My 11-year-old son, Lorenzo, saved him, took his bare hands and took the fire out on his face.’
Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on June 10 said there is no evidence that Dominick was bullied or that foul play was involved.
‘The video footage recorded four children (ages six, seven, eight and eleven) playing together in the rear yard of the residence,’ police said. ‘At least three of the children (ages six, seven and eight) were observed playing with fire and gasoline.’
Giacobbe said the video clears her son, and that her family has received threats since the initial reports that Dominick was bullied.
‘The police department had to sit in front of the home overnight to make sure nothing happened. It was stated the house would be lit on fire, they were going to drag my son and myself down the street and let us suffer from the pain,’ Giacobbe told WFSB.
‘For closure, for the truth now, for closure, I want this out there so I can have this out there. Come out with the truth and not use their child for money.
‘This is sickening, very sad that you can wrap a child and lie all over the world.’
Meanwhile, Dominick, who has been released from the hospital and recovered, in a Facebook video last week thanked people who donated nearly $600,000 to his online fundraiser.
‘Thanks for all the prayers that made me feel so well and all the gifts,’ he said. ‘And thanks for the money to buy a house. …read more
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