November 24, 2014

Teen who set boy on fire charged with assault

A St. Joseph teenager has been charged with first-degree assault for dousing a 13-year-old with gasoline, setting him on fire and laughing as the boy burned.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Gardner had reportedly bullied the boy, threatening to kill him and his family if he told anyone.

The victim suffered burns on his face and arm, as well as in his nose and throat from inhaling the flames.