The mother of a child accused of deliberately setting a six-year-old boy on fire says the family of the burned boy should be punished following the release of a video which appears to contradict their claims.
Laura Giacobbe has demanded cops arrest Dominick Krankall’s mother for lying about the horrific incident and putting her son Stefano ‘through hell’.
“Her child was able to go to Yankee Stadium while my child sat inside in fear because of all the statements made against him,” Laura Giacobbe, 45, told the New York Post.
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“I want her arrested because I don’t think it’s fair. It is defamation of character. She slandered my family. She put my son through hell. She put me in hell. I want her arrested for making false statements.
Dominick’s family claimed he suffered severe burns after being harassed by a bully while playing in his backyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut on April 24.
They said Stefano doused a ball of gasoline, set it on fire and threw it in Dominick’s face.
The incident caused outrage and support from poor Dominick. The mayor of Bridgeport held a parade outside the hospital and a GoFundMe reader raised the equivalent of almost half a million pounds for him.
But a video that has now been released by the Giacobbe family shows four children, including Dominick, lighting fires and kicking a flaming football together in the garden.
The film gives no indication that any of the other boys were going after Dominick, who appeared to catch fire after kicking or stepping on a hot plastic cup filled with gasoline.
Laura said Dominick’s mother, Maria Rua, was supposed to watch the children on the day of the incident.
“I saw Maria by the sink wiping the child’s face with the washcloth and seeing the skin peeling off her face because she was wiping it,” Laura said.
“I was yelling at him that he had to go into the [bath] because her leg was on fire and she was unaware of it.
“At a time [she was] phoning the police department, stating that “the eight-year-old boy downstairs took gasoline, poured it on my child and set him on fire”. These are his exact words.
The video shows the children playing with gasoline before one of them sets fire to a soccer ball. Dominick is seen kicking him and then wiping the gasoline on his clothes.
“He [then] stomped on a cup of gas,” Laura told the Post. “The gas traveled up his leg…it traveled to his face because the fumes were on his face.”
And rather than let Dominick suffer, as they were accused of doing, Laura said her 11-year-old son Lorenzo rushed to help.
“[Lorenzo] took his bare hands and slammed the fire in his face, otherwise he would have run upstairs with the fire in his face because [Maria] never went down,” she said.
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Police released a statement earlier this month saying they had seen the video and there was no evidence that Dominick had been bullied by the other children.
“There is nothing on the video showing either of the children deliberately hurting the other,” the statement read.
Laura said her family received death threats and the cops parked outside her home for three weeks.
When the Post contacted Maria, she stood by her claims and called Laura a “liar” and a “narcissist.”
She added: “Everything is edited. It took a month and a half to come out. Bridgeport Police have the actual footage from that day they’re supposed to have.
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