Saxonburg Boy, 15, gets detention for burning Pa. boy, 7
A 15-year-old charged with burning a 7-year-old boy has been ordered to juvenile detention and could remain there until he's 21, depending on how his rehabilitation progresses, according to the victim's mother.
The attacker isn't being identified because his case played out in a closed Butler County Juvenile Court hearing on Wednesday, where attorneys also didn't comment because most juvenile cases are confidential in Pennsylvania.
But police have previously said the 15-year-old defendant is the son of a Saxonburg man, 36-year-old Edward Myers, who has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threw flammable nail polish onto the 7-year-old before his son set the younger boy on fire in May. Myers and his son lived with the boy and his mother.
That woman, Laure Halliwell, told reporters her son, Daniel Podskalny, has been undergoing counseling once a week to deal with the third-degree burns that scarred his face and chest.
“Daniel will never be the same,” Halliwell said after Wednesday's hearing. “He had his first day of school yesterday and was terrified because of the way his face looks.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Newsmaker: Daniel Brown
- Butler County housing exec on leave
- Proposed VA facility in Butler County could impact sewer system
- Trust sues government over $7.5M loan given for VA health care facility in Butler County
- Excitement building for new farm store at Clearview Mall
- Butler County communities debate charging for mutual-aid responses