Dominick Krankall was not burned by bullies, new video shows


Recently emerged video shows a 6-year-old Connecticut boy kicking a flaming soccer ball before he was badly burned – contradicting his family’s claims that he was deliberately set on fire.

Cops confirmed there was no evidence of foul play.

Dominick Krankall, 6, suffered second and third degree burns in late April after an incident in which his family claimed an 8-year-old neighbor grabbed gasoline and a lighter from a shed before bringing the boy to approach him.

Aaron Krankall, Dominick’s father, said his son told him boys had set him on fire.

But video released Friday by one of the families of the accused boys shows four children, including Dominick, setting fires and kicking a flaming soccer ball into a Bridgeport backyard, where the 6-year-old even wiped the flammable remains on his pants.

“They were interacting in the backyard as boys,” Laura Giacobbe, the mother of one of the other children, told WFSB.

Dominick Krankall, 6, suffered second and third degree burns in late April after an incident.
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Video released Friday by one of the families of the accused boys shows four children, including Dominick, setting fires and kicking a flaming soccer ball in a Bridgeport backyard
Video released Friday by one of the families of the accused boys shows four children, including Dominick, setting fires and kicking a flaming soccer ball in a Bridgeport backyard.
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Dominick caught fire after kicking or stepping on a burning plastic cup filled with gasoline. But nothing in the video shows the other boys targeting Dominick, who was released from hospital, police said.

The footage shows Dominick stumbling on the ground but not being doused in gasoline, the WFSB reported.

“Dominick wasn’t left there to die,” Giacobbe said. “My 11-year-old son, Lorenzo, saved him, took his bare hands and put out the fire in his face.”

Cops confirmed there was no evidence of foul play.
Cops confirmed there was no evidence of foul play.
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Dominick caught fire after kicking or stepping on a burning plastic cup filled with gasoline.  But nothing in the video shows the other boys targeting Dominick.
Dominick caught fire after kicking or stepping on a burning plastic cup filled with gasoline. But nothing in the video shows the other boys targeting Dominick.
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Police said June 10 that no evidence was found that Dominick had been bullied or deliberately targeted by the other children.

“The video footage recorded four children (ages six, seven, eight and eleven) playing together in the backyard of the residence,” Bridgeport Police said. “At least three of the children (aged six, seven and eight) were observed playing with fire and gasoline.”

Police said the investigation was still ongoing and further interviews were to be conducted.

Giacobbe says the new footage erases his son. The family had received threats from strangers after the story, the WFSB reported.

“The police department had to sit outside the house overnight to make sure nothing happened,” she told the station. “It was said that the house would be burnt down, they were going to drag my son and I down the street and leave us to suffer the pain.”

Giacobbe is now considering legal action and has hired a lawyer, who said Dominick was not attracted to “arsonist bullies”, the WFSB reported.

“For closure, for truth now, for closure, I want this out there so I can have it out there,” Giacobbe said. “Date the truth and don’t use their child for money. It’s sickening, very sad that you can wrap up a child and lie all over the world.

An online fundraiser for Dominick raised nearly $600,000.  He thanked his supporters in a video posted last week on a dedicated Facebook page.
An online fundraiser for Dominick raised nearly $600,000. He thanked his supporters in a video posted last week on a Facebook page.
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Aaron Krankall, Dominick's father, said his son told him boys had set him on fire.
Aaron Krankall, Dominick’s father, said his son told him boys had set him on fire.
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An online fundraiser for Dominick raised almost $600,000. He thanked his supporters in a video posted last week on a Facebook page dedicated to his recovery.

“Thank you for all the prayers that made me feel so good and all the gifts,” he said. “And thank you for the money to buy a house. I love you all.”

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