Police Blotter: School gets teen help for facial burns

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

A 13-year-old suffered facial burns while playing with fire and gasoline on March 22 but was not taken to a doctor until his school nurse made the recommendation two days later.

The nurse called the school’s resource officer to her office March 24 after she saw the burns on the teen’s face.

He said he and a friend were playing at his grandmother’s home on Brick Chimney Road and he placed some gasoline in his mouth and spit it on a fire. The flames hit his face causing the burns.

He said his grandmother placed ointment on the burns but did not seek medical attention. The nurse said because of the burns and the fact he ingested gasoline, he needed to see a doctor.

The child’s mother was found and was escorted to the emergency room with her son. He was later sent to skin graph specialist.

The woman - who does not speak English -said her son ran away from home March 13 after an incident with his stepfather who hit him on the back of the head for breaking a glass.

She said she had no clue where her son was. She said she checked with the hospital and even the jail after he never returned home.

The teen was able to get to his grandmother’s house after school by faking an email that he sent to the school. He pretended to be his mother and wrote that he was supposed to ride the bus to his grandmother’s house.

After the fire incident, the teen convinced his grandmother to not contact his parents.

The teen’s mother said she wanted the grandmother charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. That is still under investigation.

Attacked in a parking lot

Deputies were rushed to the Islander Bar and Grill at about 12:30 a.m. April 2 because of “some customers who were beat up outside the bar in the parking lot,” the report states.

One man, who had a bloody face, said he and his friend were attacked.

He said he and his friend were outside talking when a group of 4-5 other men walked up. One of them said he had lost his wallet.

That is when the group began attacking the man’s friend so he jumped in to help. He suffered some cuts and abrasions.

The man’s friend told deputies he does not remember anything about what happened.

The group of attackers, according to witnesses, are from Charleston.

The case is still under investigation.

Theft by family member

A man from the 400 block of Minnow Drive said some family members were staying at his house and on April 3 he discovered his laptop was missing.

He said he contacted a 25-year-old relative who lives in Andrews. That man reportedly admitted he took the laptop and pawned it but, he said he would get it back.

However, the computer has not yet been returned so the victim said he did want to prosecute.

Fight at AHS

The Andrews High School resource officer responded to the in-school suspension class because of a fight in progress.

There were separated by school staff.

The two girls, ages 14 and 15, “just don’t get along and in order for the problem to be solved, the two parties would be better off if they fought,” one of the teens told a deputy.

The deputy witnessed the two yelling at each other. After reviewing video of the altercation, it was determined both would be charged.

This was not the first time the two have been in trouble, the report states.

The case was turned over to DJJ.

Stolen golf cart

A golf cart was reported stolen from a home in the 700 block of Francis Marion Drive April 1.

The owner said the EZ-GO golf cart was missing from next to his garage. He said a neighbor told him he thought he saw the golf cart being pulled on a utility trailer on March 31.

Another friend said he thinks he saw the cart at a gas station in Andrews April 1.

Deputies were given a picture of the golf cart but it has not been found.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.


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