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Parents persuade their 14-year-old stepson to set his behind on fire

By Mason White 10:11 AM August 13, 2015
Connie Kirby and William Kirby 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Parents were arrested on charges of reckless endangerment after allegedly persuading their stepson to set his behind on fire as part of a social media stunt, police in Pennsylvania said.

Fayette County police said that they have arrested 37-year-old Connie Kirby and William Kirby, after 14-year-old Tre Kirby suffered burn injuries on his behind.

The boy was denied treatment for a month, causing the wounds to become infected. According to the police investigation, Connie Kirby convinced Tre Kirby to accept a social media fire challenge.

As part of the fire challenge, a person must set their own behind on fire by pouring alcohol on it light it with a cigarette lighter.

When the boy refused, Connie Kirby called him a punk.

After being called names, Tre Kirby agreed to the fire challenge.

The boy poured alcohol on his behind and set it on fire. When the fire began to spread, his sister put out the flames with Kool-aid.

The boy suffered burns on 16 percent of his body. Police said that both parents refused to take Tre Kirby to a hospital.

Connie Kirby told police that the children made up the story about the fire challenge because they wanted to live with their mother.

She blamed the burns and standing too close to a camp fire.

Doctors determined that story of being burned by a fire was not consistent with the boy’s injuries. Doctors also said that the boy’s scars will never heal.

Connie and William Kirby face several charges, including assault and reckless endangerment.