Sister of boy who burned himself faces neglect charges
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The sister of the 6-year-old boy who suffered second degree burns on his upper body after he was left home alone faced a judge Friday for child neglect charges.
"You're not allowed to baby-sit for him anymore, you're not allowed to be his caretaker anymore," Broward County Circuit Judge John Hurley said to 21-year-old Samantha Baubriant as he made his ruling. Police said she left her younger brother home alone to fend for himself Thursday for about three and a half hours.
Lauderhill Police said Baubriant usually babysits her brother after school, but on Thursday she ran errands and applied for a job without making any arrangements for him. "She knows he's not supposed to be home alone, but nobody came," confirmed the boy's uncle.
While the young victim was by himself on his fourth floor condo, located on the 4200 bock of Inverrary Boulevard, he lit a candle with matches after discovering the bathroom light did not work. His shirt caught on fire and left him with second degree burns.
A neighbor called 911 after he spotted the boy wandering the hallways, in visible pain, asking for his mother. "He told me he was looking for his uncle, for his mother, for his sister ... and I used the phone to call 911," said Neil Oliveira.
Audio from the 911 call captured the dispatcher saying to authorities, "I have a boy who has wounds to his back. I'm not sure. It looks like burns." The 6-year-old victim was treated at the Chris Evert Children's Hospital, where he was later picked up by his family. Authorities said about five percent of his body was burned.
In addition to no longer being allowed to take care of her little brother, Baubriant has been ordered to stay 500 feet away from him at all times until a judge decides otherwise. She posted bond Friday evening and declined to make a comment as she left prison accompanied by relatives.
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