9-year-old boy critical after allegedly set on fire by mom, stepfather

The child battling for his life at the hospital (photo: SHEA)

A nine-year-old boy is battling for his life after he was allegedly doused with gasoline and set on fire by his mother and stepfather.
Injured is Neil J of Enmore, East Coast of Demerara (ECD).
Reports are that the horrific incident occurred on Thursday last and is being investigated by Police as a severe case of child abuse.
The child sustained extensive third-degree burns, covering approximately 30% of his body.
However, it was not until two days after the incident, September 9, that the child was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) due to acute burns and severe bodily trauma. Upon arrival, he was promptly admitted to the burn care unit, where a medical team intubated him and provided necessary stabilisation.
The boy remains hospitalised at GPHC, under close supervision by the medical team. However, due to the seriousness of his injuries, he now has to travel to the United States for emergency surgery and comprehensive medical care.
Recognising this urgent need, the Saving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA) charity has taken on Neil’s case and is actively working to facilitate his medical evacuation to the United States.
Meanwhile, when Guyana Times contacted the Commander of Division 4C, Senior Superintendent, Khali Pareshram, he said Neil’s stepfather is currently in Police custody assisting with investigations.
This publication understands that both parents were arrested for the act, but the child’s mother was subsequently released from custody.
For those who are willing to contribute and support Neil’s battle for survival, donations can be made through the following: GoFundMe: help-save-neil. Persons can also donate to Venmo: @SheaCharityGY; or Zelle: [email protected]. (G9)