After enduring a horrific attack that left him severely burned, justice finally caught up to his assailant, thanks to a deposition recorded on his deathbed.
The attacker was imprisoned, and the young boy’s family was awarded $150 million through a civil lawsuit. The incident occurred on his eighth birthday when another boy tied him to a tree, doused him in gasoline, and ignited him in a wooded area.
Despite the agonizing flames that consumed his body, he managed to make his way home, collapsing on the street, engulfed in fire.
Upon discovering him, his mother found him in a critical state, covered in severe blisters and with skin hanging from his ankles. Approximately 99 percent of his body was burned, leaving him without eyelids, with only the soles of his feet escaping harm.
Despite the medical staff’s grim prognosis that he wouldn’t survive, he gradually recovered after enduring numerous skin grafts and undergoing more than 150 surgeries. The ordeal left him traumatized and disfigured, but his unyielding optimism quickly earned him a reputation.
According to sources, the attacker was identified by Robbie, the young burn survivor, as a 13-year-old named Don. However, the court couldn’t establish a motive and subsequently acquitted Don.
Tragically, when Robbie reached the age of 20, the third-degree burns inflicted upon him transformed into a fatal case of skin cancer.
While lying in a hospital bed, he sought justice by recording a deposition, reiterating that Don was indeed his assailant. In the video, Robbie revealed Don’s motive: to silence him. Disturbingly, just 17 days before the fiery attack, Don allegedly sexually assaulted Robbie.
Recounting the traumatic event, Robbie stated, “Don grabbed me by my shoulder and threw gas in my face; after that, I don’t really remember anything.”
Robbie’s demise was categorized as a homicide by authorities due to burn-related complications. Consequently, his family pursued legal action and secured a $150 million damages award. In court, the jury ultimately sentenced Don to 40 years in prison.
In light of recent reports indicating a surge in child sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are revisiting this story. The statistics paint a grim picture, revealing that 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault by adults.