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The mother of a bully accused of setting a boy on fire with a petrol ball wants his family punished

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The incident sparked outrage after it was claimed Stefano Giacobbe deliberately attacked Dominick Krankall with a petrol-soaked tennis ball, but new video footage now casts doubt on the claim

The mother of one child accused of intentionally setting a six-year-old boy on fire says the burned boy’s family should be punished after the release of a video that appears to contradict their claims.

Laura Giacobbe has demanded that cops arrest Dominick Krankall’s mother for lying about the horrific incident and sending her son Stefano ‘through hell’.

“Your kid had to go to Yankee Stadium while my kid sat inside terrified because of all the statements made against him,” Laura Giacobbe, 45, told the New York Post.

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“I want her arrested because I don’t think it’s fair. This is character slander. She slandered my family. She put my son through hell. She put me in hell. I want her arrested for making false statements.”

Dominick’s family claimed he was severely burned after he was attacked by a bully while playing in his yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut on April 24.

They said Stefano doused a bullet in gasoline, set it on fire and threw it in Dominick’s face.

The incident caused outrage and support for poor Dominick. The Mayor of Bridgeport held a parade in front of the hospital and a GoFundMe campaign raised almost half a million pounds for him.

But a video now released by the Giacobbe family shows four children, including Dominick, building fires together and kicking a flaming football in the garden.

The film gives no indication that any of the other boys picked on Dominick, who appeared to catch fire after kicking or stepping on a flaming plastic cup of gasoline.

Laura said Dominick’s mother, Maria Rua, should have been babysitting the children on the day of the incident.

“I saw Maria at the sink wiping the kid’s face with the washcloth and saw the skin coming off his face because she was wiping it,” Laura said.

“I yelled at her that he had to go to bed [bath] because his leg was burning and she wasn’t aware of it.

“At the same time [she was] making a call to the police saying that “the eight-year-old boy downstairs took petrol, poured it over my child and set him on fire”. Those were her exact words.”

The video shows the children playing with gasoline before one of them lights a soccer ball. Dominick kicks it, then wipes the gas off his clothes.

“He [then] trampled on a cup of gas,” Laura told the Post. “The gas went up his leg … it traveled to his face because the fumes were on his face.”

And instead of letting Dominick suffer like they’ve been accused of, Laura said her 11-year-old son Lorenzo rushed to the rescue.

“[Lorenzo] took his bare hands and slapped the fire out of his face, otherwise he would have run upstairs with the fire in his face because [Maria] I never got downstairs,” she claimed.

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Police released a statement earlier this month saying they had seen the video and there was no evidence Dominick was being bullied by the other children.

“There is nothing in the video showing one of the children intentionally hurting the other,” the statement said.

Laura said her family received death threats and police officers parked outside her home for three weeks as a result.

When the Post contacted Maria, she stood by her claims, calling Laura a “liar” and a “narcissist.”

She added: “It’s all edited. It took a month and a half to come out. Bridgeport Police have current footage from that day, or they should have it.”


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