Kerrville police make second arrest in fire that severely burned 10-year-old

Police arrest, charge juvenile with second-degree arson

KERRVILLE, Texas – Two boys are facing charges for allegedly setting a fire that landed 10-year-old Kayden Culp in the hospital with second- and third-degree burns.

On Oct. 2, Kerrville investigators said four boys gathered around a shed fire in a vacant lot. The police chief said one of those boys threw gas on the fire, causing the gas container in his hands to catch on fire.

The boy threw the container and inadvertently hit Kayden. That boy was arrested and charged with first-degree arson last week. A boy arrested on Wednesday faces a second-degree arson charge for helping start the fire.

Investigators have said they do not believe the fire was premeditated. Kayden’s mother told KSAT 12 News Wednesday that she still believes her son was burned intentionally. She said Kayden had a few words to say when he came out of a medically induced coma Tuesday.

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Kayden’s mother said he told his grandmother “they burned me.”

Kayden’s mother posted on Facebook Wednesday that her son was awake and “very calm and mute.” The 10-year-old will be in intensive care for a few more days. 

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