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Mom Speaks Out After Child Dumps Nail Polish Remover on Age 7 Son & Sets Him on Fire

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Every parent wants to protect their children. But you never expect the unthinkable to happen within the saftey of your own neighborhood.

On Monday, Aug. 3, a 7-year-old boy from Independence, Missouri, was severely burned after an encounter with another child.

According to the Kansas City Star, Julien Sandlin was playing outside when his young life was changed drastically.



Julien’s mother Ashley told the Star that another child had poured nail polish remover over her son’s head.

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It’s a common household item, but one that’s dangerously flammable and should not be within a child’s reach.

Ashley explained, “My son kept saying ‘Stop. What are you doing?’ Julien kept telling him to leave him alone…”

Fox 4 WDAF made it clear that Ashley was not present to witness the ordeal. “I had received a call when I got to court that my son was being rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital from a child drowning my son in fingernail polish remover and lit him on fire on purpose,” she said.

The other child reportedly lit a candle and set the 7-year-old on fire. “The burns were so bad that they had to go in immediately and do surgery that they had to scrape his face and all of his skin,” Ashley explained.

A neighbor apparently rushed to Julien’s rescue with a wet towel. Rescuers then rushed him to the hospital.

Not only does this horrific event seem far from accidental, Ashley also told the Star that the other child’s mother witnessed the entire thing and did nothing to stop it.

Police are investigating the situation. No further information has been released at this time regarding the investigation.

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The boy may need skin grafts and his mother has set up a GoFundMe page for her son, asking that willing people donate to his recovery. They have already exceeded their $10,000 goal and are onwards to a $50,000 goal.



The latest update to the page posted on August 12 read, “…we are so [grateful] and so blessed with all the donations… Julien is doing well [and is] talking a lot more.”

Still, Julien’s road to recovery will be long and his mother wrote that her son is doing his best to cope with the trauma of this incident.



“He’s a very loving child, he loves to love more than receive love, that’s for sure,” she told the Star. “…He’s a light when he walks in the door.”

Our hearts and prayers are with this mother, the sweet boy and their family. It’s a horrible thing that happened, but thankfully he survived and seems to be doing better each day.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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