TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Rayburn boy burned playing with lighter

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

RAYBURN — A 5-year-old boy, who had been playing with a lighter late Wednesday night, was flown to a Pittsburgh area hospital shortly after midnight on Thursday suffering from burns to his upper torso.

State police in East Franklin are investigating and have not identified the victim or the victim's family until more is known. The family lives at Rayburn Manor Apartments along Route 85, just east of the county's Armsdale property.

The incident happened between 11:40 p.m. Wednesday night and 12 a.m. Thursday, police said.

According to police, the child and another boy, age 10, had been lighting paper and other items when the victim's T-shirt caught on fire. Water was thrown on the child's shirt to douse the flames.

Kittanning ambulance responded to the scene and the boy was taken by helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital burn unit. Police said the boy was in stable condition.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Armstrong

  1. Police: Escaped Armstrong County inmate armed, dangerous homicide suspect
  2. Paradise Park Rib Fest reviving legendary stage in Cowansville
  3. Worker injured when excavator backs over him in Kittanning
  4. 44th Folk Festival off to bustling start in Kittanning
  5. Kittanning road work a dusty backdrop to sidewalk sales, festival
  6. Armstrong reaches out for opinions about how to use closed schools
  7. Ownerless emu finds ‘buddy’ at new Greensburg home
  8. South Buffalo airport gets Armstrong County funding for study
  9. Lab Fest in Parks a family reunion of a different sort
  10. Float for non-motorized craft organized on Allegheny River
  11. Explosive second day at Camp Cadet in Manor