A Missouri mother says she is outraged after her 7-year-old son was allegedly doused in nail polish remover and set on fire by a neighbor’s 8-year-old.
Ashley Lyons’ son, Julien, was with the other child at the Hawthorne Place apartment complex in Kansas City on August 6. Although Lyons was not present at the time, she received a phone call from another neighbor about the incident, reported KTRK.
“I received a call...saying that my son was being rushed to the hospital. They said a child drowned my son in fingernail polish remover and lit him on fire, on purpose,” Lyons told KTRK.
According to Lyons, Julien was so severely burned that his internal organs were also impacted.
“The burns were so bad that they had to go in immediately and do surgery. They had to scrape his face and all of his skin,” Lyons said. “For the rest of his life. They’re talking anywhere from two to three years just to get his skin to grow back. That’s not including the pigment or the color of his skin.”
It remains unclear why the other child allegedly doused Julien and set him on fire. According to Lyons, her son did try to get the other child to stop.
“My son kept saying, ‘Stop. What are you doing?’ Julien kept telling him to leave him alone and that’s when he decided to burn him,” Lyons told the Kansas City Star.
Lyons also claimed the other boy’s mother was present at the time of incident, yet she did not administer any aid to her son. Instead, a different neighbor ran out with a wet towel and helped put on the fire.
While Julien is on the road to a full recovery, the entire ordeal has cause much distress for the young child.
“It’s a very painful process for him,” Lyons said. “There is a lot of anxiety. There is a lot of anger. There is a lot of confusion. He’s trying to maintain the best that he can, for a 7-year-old.”
A GoFundMe for Julien’s recovery and home plan has been set up.