Mother Burns Hands Putting Out Flames

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 3-year-old boy is recovering from critical burns to more than half of his body.

The boy was burned Monday outside his Millville home.

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Police say children sprayed lighter fluid into a lunch box and started it on fire. One child then stomped on the box and splashed the burning fluid onto the 3-year-old.

Their mother burned her hands putting out the flames on the boy.

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He was flown by helicopter to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester and the mother was transported by an ambulance on the ground.

The 3-year-old is in critical condition while the mother’s injuries are non-life threatening.

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The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office said it’s just a “terrible tragedy” and no charges are expected to be filed.