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    Pray for both of them...this is just so sad.

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 4-year-old was fighting for his life
    Monday with severe burns over most of his body after he was doused
    with lighter fluid and set on fire by his 7-year-old brother,
    police said.
    Nyquest Tearney of Syracuse suffered second- and third-degree
    burns over 85 percent to 95 percent of his body. He was in critical
    condition at Shriner's Children Hospital in Boston.
    Police charged the 7-year-old with assault and issued him a
    ticket to appear in Onondaga County Family Court, where he will be
    treated as a juvenile, police spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan said
    Monday.
    "He knew what he was doing would cause a fire. Whether he knew
    the full consequences of his actions is another matter," Connellan
    said. "He may not have known it would cause such catastrophic
    results."
    Police are conferring with the county's Child Protective
    Services Department to determine whether there was proper
    supervision in the house, Connellan said.
    Police did not identify the older brother, who was not injured.
    Detectives do not know what prompted the 7-year-old to commit the
    act, Connellan said.
    The older brother told police the incident was an accident,
    Connellan said.
    "I don't know what was going through the kid's head,"
    Connellan said.
    The boy will undergo a psychiatric examination at St. Joseph's
    Hospital Health Center.
    Police said the mother of the two boys went to a party Saturday
    night, leaving the children with her 22-year-old boyfriend and her
    44-year-old aunt at the aunt's home. A 16-year-old cousin also was
    in the house.
    The boys were sent to bed around 9:30 p.m. Shortly before 10:40
    p.m., the older brother took a can of lighter fluid, typically used
    for charcoal barbecues, and doused his brother, Connellan said. The
    older brother then lit a match and ignited the fluid.
    The aunt, who was in an adjacent second-floor bedroom watching
    television, heard screaming and rushed to the boys' room. Adults
    took Nyquest to the bathroom, placed him in a tub and doused him
    with water, and called an ambulance.
    The aunt suffered second-degree burns on her hands when she came
    to Tearney's rescue, Connellan said.
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    I just read that the 4 year old has expired from his injuries. This whole incident just leaves a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. A life and a family has been destroyed.
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    Jeez...That's hard to believe. I have a 7 y/o sister, and I can't imagine a kid that age being capable of that. With three older people in the house at that...

    I guess my sister isn't as bad as I thought. I'm just glad she's a firehouse brat and has been taught right and hopefully knows better.
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    As someone who spends alot of time with kids that have survived life-threatening burns, I have learned we need to try harder at what we are doing to prevent them. I have also learned there are alot of folks out there who should not have kids. That child should have never had access to lighter fluid and whatever he used to start the fire. I have also learned after all these years that there are somethings that will never make sense and we cant save every child.(as much as we try)

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    Originally posted by CJMinick390
    I just read that the 4 year old has expired from his injuries. This whole incident just leaves a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. A life and a family has been destroyed.
    I feel so helpless. My heart goes out to this family. And now...the brother will have to try and understand what he did...and remember it for the rest of his life.

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    How very,very sad.

    We can do our jobs and teach prevention but there are some out there who just dont seem to care what their kids get a hold of.It never ceases to amaze me--you can get a fishing license,drivers license,etc but anybody can raise a kid....scary in todays world..


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    It makes me wonder what kind of a world we live in, what kind of a world have we all created, when a seven year old child does this. What was he thinking? Why in God's name did he do something like that? So much of this stuff has just been getting to me lately. So many needless deaths...I know things like this are going to happen, it just seems like so many of them are happening all at once. How sad it is when I have to teach my eight and nine year old daughters how not to get kidnapped out of thier own beds. I look into the faces of my children, and I can't help but wonder what kind of a legacy that we, as a nation, as a world, have left them.

    Hopefully, teaching them right from wrong, loving them, and showing them the good that can be found in others is enough.

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    Heartbreaking

    How diabolical that a 7 year old could contemplate and carry out such a horrendous act against his brother. I really think he knew what he was doing ..... it was an hour after he was supposedly asleep and what 7 year old kid has lighter fluid and matches handy in his room at 1030 at night?
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    Originally posted by ember
    It makes me wonder what kind of a world we live in, what kind of a world have we all created, when a seven year old child does this. What was he thinking? Why in God's name did he do something like that?
    Let's remember this is a seven year old boy. He may not have realized what the true consequences of this act were. I mean let's face it, at any time he could turn on the tv and see someone doing the exact same thing (e.g. the MTV show "Jackass") and see the same person a week later none the worse for wear.

    I think the people that need to be held responsable are the parents and the adults who were supervising the children that night. They are the ones who aloud these children the access to the lighter fluid in the first place.

    Where I work we see children all the time who have been burned in fire or had their fingers blown off by fireworks. They are the innocent ones who might not know any better though it be age or ignorence (ingnorence because they have never been taught about fire safety). We need to take it upon ourselves in the fire service to get the message out to as many children as possible that fire HAS CONSEQUENCES.


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    How sad...I just can't imagine how this family is suffering.
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    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy accused of setting his
    4-year-old brother on fire was charged Thursday with second-degree
    manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
    The charges were filed in Onondaga County Family Court by Deputy
    County Attorney Melissa Cielock rather than a prosecutor from the
    district attorney's office. Authorities have withheld the boy's
    name because of his age.
    "I guess, conceivably, we could have filed more serious
    homicide charges ... given what the facts seem to support but we
    wanted to have a healthy respect for what's going on and do right
    by everybody that's involved," Cielock said.
    "Given all the circumstances and the young man's age we didn't
    want to file something too harsh and inappropriate," she said.
    The boy, who recently turned 8, was initially charged with
    first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment after
    the incident occurred June 22.
    His brother, Ny'Quest Tearney, died at a Boston hospital three
    days later from second- and third-degree burns that covered over 90
    percent of his body.
    According to police, the older brother doused Ny'Quest with
    charcoal lighter fluid while he was sleeping and lit it with a
    match. Although the boy gave a statement to police, authorities
    have not commented on the boy's motive.
    Family Court Judge Robert Rossi ordered the boy held at the
    Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse for 30 days for mental
    evaluation. He was ordered back to court on Aug. 1.
    Cielock said the court would wait until next week to put the
    boy's case on its docket so he would not have to make two trips to
    court.
    Once the case is assigned a docket number, the boy and his law
    guardian will have 10 days to appear in court for arraignment and
    respond to the juvenile delinquency petition containing the new
    charges, she said.
    She declined to discuss what evidence led to the more serious
    charges.
    As a juvenile, the boy could be ordered to live away from home
    for up to 18 months, if he is convicted. He could be placed in a
    private facility, a group home, a foster home or a state facility,
    Cielock said.
    A convicted adult facing the same charges could receive up to 15
    years in prison, she said.
    Family members had no immediate comment Thursday about the new
    charges.
    They have said previously, however, that the 8-year-old did not
    know the ramifications of his actions and should not be prosecuted
    and raised in a detention center or foster home.
    The boys and their 10-year-old sister were staying with an aunt
    and their mother's boyfriend while the mother went to a relative's
    bachelorette party. The incident happened about an hour after the
    adults put the boys to bed.

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    It is sad that this world has come to this. This kid will have serious problems for the rest of his life as a result of this. If he didn't already which prompted this tragic act.
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    What a sad story...I think the kid had to have had some sort of psychological/emotional problems to do something like that. My little sister is 8 years old, and she KNOWS the difference between right and wrong. She has seen shows like Jackass, but she knows better than to do anything so drastic. It will be interesting to see what the results of the psychological evaluation will show.
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    Unhappy UPDATE 10/1/02

    Boy accused of burning brother may remain in custody

    (Syracuse-AP) -- The 8-year-old Syracuse boy accused of killing
    his younger brother by setting him on fire will likely stay in
    state custody until he's 18.
    The deputy county attorney says the boy should remain in the
    custody of the state until he's competent to stand trial. If the
    recommendation is approved, the state would evaluate the boy every
    year until he's 18.
    The prosecutor says she plans to recommend that the boy be held
    in space set aside for him at Auburn state prison. His name has
    been withheld because he's a juvenile offender.
    A hearing will be held next month on the recommendation that the
    boy remain in state custody.
    Four-year-old Nyquest Tearney was doused with lighter fluid and
    set on fire. He died in a Boston hospital a few days later.

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    while this is a tragic thing god had a reason for this and a job that he needed done to take the life of one so young
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    I have also learned there are alot of folks out there who should not have kids.
    Unfortunately you don't need a licence or have to pass any type of tests to be either a parent or a baby-sitter....
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    Another death....another senseless death

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge teenager has died after
    suffering severe burns when his father allegedly poured a flammable
    liquid on him and ignited it.
    Jerome Richardson, 14, died Tuesday morning at Shriner's
    Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
    On Aug. 13, his father, John Powell, 53, allegedly set his son
    on fire as he slept. The attack apparently followed several
    arguments between the two, police said.
    Powell was arrested after the incident and charged with
    attempted murder. He has been rearrested and rebooked into the East
    Baton Rouge Parish Prison and now faces a first-degree murder
    charge.

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