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Boy, 10, doused in gasoline, lit on fire by other children, mom says

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A young boy with special needs is fighting for his life following a terrible act of cruelty after his family says he was set on fire in a Texas community over the weekend.

According to a report shared by NBC affiliate KOAA, more than 20 percent of 10-year-old Kayden Culp's body was burned, from his ears to his belly button, according to the boy's mother.

The mom said her son was playing in the field with two other kids before when one of them doused him with gasoline and another set him on fire. A nearby shed also caught fire.

"He needs justice," says family friend Ashley White, "I mean, no kid deserves to go through anything he's going through. At all. Period."

The Kerrville, Tx. Fire marshal is investigating. Crime scene tape surrounds the burned shed and the young boy’s bike remains at the scene.

NBC affiliate KOAI confirmed that at least one person has been taken into custody, facing charges of first-degree arson. In a statement released to the station, Kerrville Police said the individual is "responsible for causing the victim’s severe burns," adding that the individual's identity will not be released because of his age. 

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