Mother of Connecticut kid accused of setting 6-year-old on fire rips family amid new video
The mother of the Connecticut boy accused of setting fire to his six-year-old neighbor slammed the burned boy’s mother after a video showed the incident was not the result of bullying, as previously claimed.
Laura Giacobbe, 45, threatened legal action against the Krankall family and called for Maria Rua’s arrest after Rua said that Giacobbe’s son Stephano, eight, had doused a ball with gasoline, set it on fire and taken it to Dominick’s ( 6) had kicked. , sight.
“I want her arrested because I don’t think it’s fair. It’s an insult to character,” Giacobbe told the New York Post† “She has slandered my family.
“She put my son through hell. She put me in hell. I want her arrested for making false statements.”
backyard surveillance images depicts the events of April 24, when Dominick suffered second- and third-degree burns while playing with other children in Bridgeport, including Stephano and his brother, Lorenzo, 11.
Released after police concluded there was no crime in the case, the video shows a group of boys pouring gasoline on a football, setting it on fire and then kicking it across the yard.
Laura Giacobbe (right) threatened legal action against the Krankall family and called for the arrest of Maria Rua (right with her son) after Rua claimed Giacobbe’s son Dominick suffered severe burns after being hit with a flaming ball
Video shows a group of boys, including Dominick, dousing a football with gasoline, setting it on fire, then kicking it through the yard in April
Dominick is seen shortly after catching fire, just out of camera view. His mother, Rua, claimed it was Giacobbe’s children, Stephano, 8, and Lorenzo, 11, who caused the incident.
Giacobbe refuted claims that her sons bully Dominick, saying her family was ostracized by Rua’s allegations
Rua had previously claimed in media interviews that her son had been deliberately set on fire by neighborhood bullies, and told DailyMail.com last month that he ran home screaming, “Mommy, they set me on fire.”
The mother and other family members claimed the other boys set fire to a gasoline-soaked ball and threw it in Dominick’s face – a scene the newly released video does not depict.
Rua also claimed that her son had been terrorized by Stephano and Lorenzo for over a year, without naming the children.
“These kids are bullies and abuse each other. They even threatened to set me on fire. They are angry children and they are going to hurt someone,” she said at the time.
The case received national attention, and a GoFundMe page for Dominick — which prominently denounced the family’s harassment allegations — has raised more than $500,000.
There was even a parade of first responders in Dominick’s honor as he recovered in the hospital, and the young boy was invited onto the field for a New York Yankees game.
Giacobbe said it was not fair that Rua and her family were praised while her boys were criticized over the incident.
“Her kid had to go to Yankee Stadium while my kid was scared inside because of all the statements that had been made against him,” she told the Post.
Giacobbe also claimed that Rua would be watching the boys on the day of the incident and that her eldest son, Lorenzo, had actually tried to save Dominick.
†[Lorenzo] took his bare hands and knocked the fire out of his face or he would have run upstairs with the fire on his face because [Rua] never came down,’ said Giacobbe.
“I trusted her to look after those kids.”
Rua has denied the claims, telling the post that Giacobbe was a “liar” and a “narcissist,” claiming that the video her neighbor released had been altered.
‘The edited video. It’s all edited. It took a month and a half to come out. Bridgeport Police have the actual footage from that day or they should,” she said.
The video shows Lorenzo trying to put out the flames while Giacobbe insists her sons tried to help
Giacobbe (above with her family) released the video after her sons were accused of bullying Dominick, a claim that now appears false as police concluded there was no wrongdoing in the case
Dominick, surrounded by all his favorite stuffed animals, is recovering in hospital
Dominick gets a piggyback from his dad, Aaron Krankall, while waving hello
Giacobbe sticks to the video, saying it proves the bullying claims were a fabrication.
She also chided Rua for setting up the GoFundMe, which reiterated claims that her sons were bullying Dominick, calling it “sickening.”
“Give the money back, Maria, to families who do have very sick children who need the money,” Giacobbe told the Post. “Give it to the burns department. I mean, enough is enough!’
“She lied. This was a lie. She used him… she used her kid to get that money.”
Giacobbe’s family lawyer says they are even considering legal action after the bullying allegations sparked a frenzy of threats from an online mob.
“The police had to sit outside the house overnight to make sure nothing happened. They said the house would be set on fire, they would drag my son and me down the street and make us suffer,” Giacobbe said.
However, Dominick’s family says their information was based on what the boy told them about the incident, pointing out that key moments of the incident are not visible on the video.
Photos of Dominick posted from the hospital this week show he is recovering well from the incident, with only a few red spots on his forehead.
Neighbor Giacobbe (above with her son’s father) says video evidence shows bullying claims were fabricated
Photos show Dominick has recovered well from the horrific ordeal
Dominick, who likes to be outdoors, smiles in photos after making a big catch in a photo taken a few days before being badly burned