Disabled child in coma after being set on fire, 1 arrest made in Texas

KERRVILLE, Texas (KARE11) -- A disabled child’s parents say that their 10-year-old son was intentionally set on fire. Now, one child is in custody facing serious charges.

The open field near Wallace Street in Kerrville is where Tanya Casper says that her nephew was lured, where one boy doused him with gasoline and another set him on fire.

The victim, named Kayden, is still in a medically induced coma as of Wednesday night.

“He wore a hearing aid, talked with a lisp… I mean, he was challenged from the get-go.” She said. “And for him to face this new challenge, it’s going to be overwhelming.

The family is calling for the arrest of the boys who, they say, planned the attack.

“The kids are letting everyone know this was planned,” she noted.

According to the Kerrville Fire Marshall’s Office, one child was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson. Fire Chief Dannie Smith did not want to comment on the intent or exactly who was involved.

“I can’t confirm or deny any details of the investigation at this point because I don’t have all the facts presented to me yet,” Chief Smith said.

Still, the family calls Kayden the victim and want to see justice prevail.

The Fire Marshal’s Office said more details will be released on Thursday during a press conference.

Kayden's family has created two fundraiser pages to help with medical costs: https://www.youcaring.com/tristyn-hatchett-662011 and https://www.gofundme.com/2sudf44


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