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Child abuse suspect asks court for lower bail

| Thursday, July 18, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
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Edward Myers pleaded no contest to a charge of setting his girlfriend's son on fire.

A Saxonburg man accused of pouring nail polish remover on his girlfriend's 7-year-old son and then watching as the boy was lit on fire wants his $250,000 bail reduced, according to court documents.

Edward B. Myers, 35, of Carol Drive is charged with multiple counts, including aggravated assault and child endangerment, stemming from the May 25 incident. He is being held in the Butler County jail.

Myers' attorney, Gerald Cassady of Butler, filed the bail reduction request in Butler County Court. A hearing is set for Friday morning.

Cassady said the request is simply based on the fact that his client can't make bail. He declined to comment on the case.

Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

According to police, the boy's mother left her son in Myers' care for about seven hours. During that time Myers is accused of pouring nail polish remover on the child and watching as someone set the child on fire. Myers made no attempt to intervene, police said, and, in fact, participated in the abuse.

Myers allegedly filmed that and other attacks that day with a cellphone camera, according to police.

Myers didn't get the child medical attention, police said. When the boy's mother got home and discovered the injuries, she took him to the Butler County Memorial Hospital emergency room.

He had third-degree burns on his chest, neck and face, and had a large bump on his forehead that appeared to have occurred recently, according to the complaint. He was transferred to UPMC Mercy's burn unit.

According to police, Myers and two juveniles allegedly shot the boy with a pellet-type gun that night, police said. The boy told police that Myers also took something off the stove and threw it in his eyes. It burned and felt like sand, the boy said.

The child's mother told doctors and police that when she asked Myers how her son had been hurt, he told her that he had been cleaning hair dye from the sink and had spilled nail polish remover on the boy.

He said that another person's cigarette fell onto her son's shirt and it ignited.

She said she also talked with one of the juveniles, and he told her that he had used a lighter to “prank” her son and that's when the shirt caught fire.

A preliminary hearing for Myers is set for July 30.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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