Cops rally for young burn victim



News of a horrific bullying incident in Bridgeport has prompted many to rally behind the 6-year-old victim. The boy, who is named Dominick, suffered serious burns to his face and legs after being hit with a burning ball thrown by another young child, according to his family.

The burned child’s sister, Kayla Deegan, said an 8-year-old boy who lives in the same multifamily home in Bridgeport poured gasoline on a tennis ball, lit it, and threw it at her brother in the building’s backyard.

The incident occurred April 24. Earlier this week, relatives of the 6-year-old said the boy was being treated for second- and third-degree burns at Bridgeport Hospital and was recovering.

Hoping to give Dominick a smile, on April 28, Berlin police officers Michael Patterson and Aimee Krzykowski and K9 Casner participated in a parade outside the hospital. "When it was learned he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, a small parade of police cars was asked to drive by and show him some support," the Berlin PD wrote on social media.

And as it turned out, the parade was quite large. "[W]ell, in the First Responder world, we don’t do anything small!," the Berlin PD said, adding: "Get well little buddy, enjoy the goodie bag and we will have an application ready for you in a few years!" 

A GoFundMe page created by the burned child’s family generated nearly $500,000 in its first three days online. "We are looking for help for a new home because it is not safe here," the fundraising page Justice for Dominick states. "This bully has gotten away with too much and has a history of bullying."



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