Kayden Culp’s mother, Tristyn Hatchett, said that her son was playing in a field, in Kerrville, TX, with two other boys at the time of the incident. Hatchett claims the two other boys intentionally doused her son with gasoline and set him on fire.
The boy suffered burns on over 20 percent of his body, from his ears to his belly button. News 4 San Antonio reports that he is currently suffering infections and on medications to stabilize his heart. He is reportedly sedated and on life support at University Hospital.
Kayden’s mother says her son exhibits autistic behavior, although he has not been diagnosed with the disorder.
“He needs justice,” family friend Ashley White said. “I mean, no kid deserves to go through anything he’s going through. At all. Period.”
The fire marshal is investigating the scene of the incident, where Kayden’s bike remains. A YouCaring page that was setup to support Kayden Culp’s family has already raised nearly $9,000.