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A Connecticut boy who was hospitalized with severe burns after he was allegedly assaulted by a bully was honored with a parade on Thursday, which law enforcement officers and even the mayor attended to help him back up the moral.
Family and friends gathered outside the Bridgeport Hospital window of 6-year-old Dominick Krankall for the parade as he watched from the window, Fox 5 of New York reported.
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Mayor Joseph Ganim also joined the parade, according to the report.
Dominick is recovering in hospital after being found by police with severe burns to his face, stemming from an incident where an 8-year-old neighbor allegedly threw a gasoline-doused tennis ball – which was ignited – at the boy, Fox 5 reported.
“Seconds later he came back around the corner on fire yelling, ‘Mama, they set me on fire, they set me on fire,'” Dominick’s sister Kayla Deegan said. according to the report. “It’s happened several times with this kid bullying my little brother.”
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Deegan said the attack left his younger brother seriously injured and drastically changed his quality of life.
“It culminated in this: my baby brother lying in the hospital bed who could have burned to death,” she said, according to the report. “He can barely sleep, he can barely eat, he can barely talk. It’s just not fair, just seeing him like this makes me want to crumble.”
An online fundraiser for the boy, hoping to raise $50,000 for medical expenses, topped $500,000.
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The older boy’s mother, however, has denied her son attacked Dominick and is urging others to await the findings of the law enforcement investigation.
“We had a horrific tragedy recently and our thoughts and prayers are with the injured boy. We are working with authorities to determine what happened and fully support their investigation,” Laura Giacobbe said in a statement to Fox 5. People will wait to draw conclusions or make assumptions about what happened until authorities have made their decisions. Please join our prayers and wish the injured boy a full and speedy recovery.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.