KERRVILLE, Texas (AP/KXAN) — A juvenile has been charged in an arson attack on a 10-year-old Kerrville boy who suffered serious burns and is in a coma.
The Kerrville Fire Marshal said in a statement Wednesday that the juvenile, who hasn’t been named, is “responsible for causing the victim’s severe burns.” San Antonio television station WOAI reports that the fire marshal says the juvenile has been charged with first-degree arson.
Officials responding to a fire Sunday afternoon found Kayden Culp burned. The boy was taken by a medical helicopter to University Hospital for treatment. His mother, Tristyn Hatchett, says the burns cover 20 percent of his body, from his ears to his belly.
When WOAI spoke to Hatchett earlier this week, she said she believed the attack on her son was intentional. She also said her son exhibits autistic behavior but hasn’t been diagnosed.
On Wednesday evening, Kayden’s family said his organs were failing but as of Thursday morning, the family indicated the situation did get better overnight. The family issued a statement to WOAI stating:
We want to thank everyone, everywhere for all of the thoughts, prayers and support. I can’t express how grateful we are. Truly amazing. We need the good to outweigh the evil. #TeamKayden
With additional reporting by WOAI.