Local child seriously burned, community helping his family

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Reporter - Kendall Downing

CARRIER MILLS, Ill. - A 9-year-old boy is home from a St. Louis hospital recovering with first, second, and third degree burns on his legs.

Two children, the 9-year-old and a 7-year-old, were playing with a gas can and a lighter in an unlocked garage at 513 Mill Street in Carrier Mills, Illinois on Thursday night.

One of the kids struck the lighter, and the 9-year-old's legs got burned. The other boy wasn't hurt.

Carrier Mills Police are investigating as the community steps in to help the injured boy and his family.

With one eye barely open, 9-year-old Joey Giscombe takes it easy.

"My little guy's been in a lot of pain, excruciating bandage changes," said his mom Jennifer Glass.

Glass said the burns on his left leg will leave significant scars.

"More than likely we're going to need plastic surgery. We are not sure," she said.

She's thankful his injuries weren't worse.

"When I opened the door, he was standing there, and all the skin on his leg was just gone," she said.

Carrier Mills Police said Joey and a 7-year-old boy were playing with the gasoline and lighter behind a home on Mill Street.

There are two conflicting stories as to what happened, but police said the 7-year-old's grandfather could face child endangerment charges. The garage with the gas was unlocked.

A woman at the home said she couldn't comment because the matter was under investigation.

The community is rallying around Joey and his recovery.

Veronica Parks organized a benefit spaghetti dinner for Friday night.

"I have three kids of my own, and this could have happened to anyone," said Parks.

For Glass, a mother of five, the help from others means a lot.

"The community's reached out to us," she said.

It comes as investigators are trying to piece together how Joey got burned and if anyone is to blame.

"All I know is a little boy was hurt, and gasoline wasn't being monitored," said Glass.

Carrier Mills Police plan to turn the case over to the Saline County State's Attorney for review sometime this week.

The benefit dinner will be Friday night at the Carrier Mills municipal building.

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