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PostSubject: Balloon Boy getting more media attention than this?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:51 am

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UPDATE: Transcripts from the 911 call and pleas from a shameless lawyer. See update after the jump...

Something went very wrong for 15-year-old Michael Brewer on Sunday. Relatives say he stopped another kid from stealing his father's bike, but he was scared enough by the incident that he refused to attend classes at his Deerfield Beach, Florida middle school on Monday.

Instead, he went to an apartment complex to visit a friend. As he was sitting by the pool, someone came up and doused him with a flammable liquid, then set him ablaze. A neighbor heard the screams and put out the fire with an extinguisher. Michael survived, but he's expected to be hospitalized for five months with massive burns over his torso, arms, and face.

One kid was arrested Sunday over the bike incident. Three more juveniles are in custody today.

UPDATE: The reason Michael Brewer was set ablaze was a senseless as the crime itself: He hadn't paid up on a video game he bought.

According to Sergeant Steve Feeley of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, here's how it went down:

Michael owed 15-year-old Matthew Bent $40 for a video game, but hadn't paid up. So on Sunday, Bent tried to steal Michael's dad's bike as compensation. Micheal thwarted the theft, and his family called the cops. Bent was arrested.

But he was sent home after a brief stay in juvie. Michael skipped school Monday, fearing payback. Bent didn't go to school either.

Monday afternoon, Michael went over to the Lime Street Apartments to visit a friend. Bent just happened to be there as well. Michael was sitting by the pool when he was surrounded by five boys: Bent, Denver Colorado Jarvis, 15; his brother Jeremy Jarvis, 13; Steven Shelton, 15; and Jesus Mendez, 15.

They grabbed a bottle of rubbing alcohol they found and surrounded Michael. Bent called him a rat. Michael tried to leave but couldn't. Bent ordered the rubbing alcohol poured on Michael. Denver Jarvis doused him with the fluid, then Mendez set him on fire.

Michael with his friend Nikki and his Malissa
​There are differing accounts of what happened after that. Some say a neighbor subdued the flames with a fire extinguishers. Others say Michael ran to the pool and jumped into the water. Either way, he was helicoptered to a Miami hospital, where he's suffering from burns over 80 percent of his body.

At first the boys showed scant regret. "A couple of them last night were laughing about it," Feeley said. But they're beginning to realize laughter will be more spare in the days to come. All five are currently being held in juvenile jail. And some -- if not all -- are almost certain to be tried as adults.

See new MySpace page set up for Michael.

UPDATE II: Michael is on a ventilator at a Miami hospital, and his burns remain life-threatening.

That's the word from Dr.Nicholas Namias, head of the burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He says Michael suffered burns over 65 percent of his body. While his face is in fairly good shape, doctors still don't know how much of his arms, legs and fingers he'll be able to use down the road.

"The body was just not intended to be set on fire," Namias told WPLG-TV in a moment of serious understatement.

Due to the extensive burning, Michael remains a risk for infection. Doctors are also expecting organ failures. And because so much of his body was burned, they believe it will be hard to conduct skin grafts to repair damaged areas, since grafting best succeeds when the patient's own skin is used.

"We need skin to replace the burned skin, and despite the modern technologies, there's no good replacement for your own skin," Namias said. "I would say that his young age goes in his favor, but the size of the burn, the depth of the burn, and the fact that he probably inhaled some smoke during his burn is against him."

UPDATE III: Transcripts from a woman's 911 call, and a shameless lawyer pleads for Jeremy Jarvis' release.

"A little boy just caught on fire and he jumped inside of the swimming pool," a female caller tells 911. Screams are then heard in the background as the woman tries to comfort Michael. "You're going to be OK, sweetheart."

The woman asks Michael what happened to him. "Somebody poured stuff on me," he says.

Then she returns to talk to dispatch: "There's fire. There's fire on the grass. He doesn't know who threw what on him."

The paramedics can be heard arriving as the woman tells them what happened. "There was a ball of fire by the entrance, and he was lit. He just ran and ran inside the pool. He was on fire."

In related news, Steve Melnick, the lawyer for 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis, is pleading for his release. In a bold step of lawyerly shamelessness, he says his client has been traumatized by the attack, and needs to be at home with his family.

"He is a 13-year-old child," Melnick says. "I don't know of his involvement in this case, but from reading just the police reports, it appears that his involvement was on the periphery and wasn't directly involved in this horrible attack on Michael Brewer. And if so, he needs to maybe be home with his parents and begin counseling and therapy because he witnessed a horrible attack."

Melnick contends the kid has been crying non-stop since his arrest.

What he neglects to mention is that Jarvis is traumatized by an attack he helped cause. And despite his supposed regret, deputies say the only boy to show remorse after the incident was Jesus Mendez, the kid who actually lit Michael aflame. The rest -- including Jarvis -- were heard laughing about the assault after their arrests.

Apparently the young man was set on fire for not paying for a video game, and the state of Florida is trying to decide if the people who did it should be tried as adults or not.

First off, shit like this makes me sick. Where the fuck are the god damn parents? Your kid just got arrested for trying to steal a bike and you allow him and 4 other kids to leave the house? If I even thought of getting arrested I got my ass beat and was on 24 hour lockdown. And the sad thing is, when the media does cover this story they're going to fucking twist it around to turn it into some shit about how music and video games did this.

No. Fucking no. Just no. You can't turn this around, this was the parent's fault 100%. How the hell does a kid get out of the house with a bottle of rubbing alcohol anyways? I hope to god Florida pulls their heads out of their asses and they charge all five of these cocksuckers as adults and put them in prison for a long, long time. But they won't...they fucking won't.

Only one of the kids is being charged with attempted murder, everyone else get aggravated assault.

I hope that the balloon boy story is much more important than not covering this story because it involves three rich white kids and two black kids. I hope that everyone else is paying attention to the message the government is sending, the message that if you try to kill another kid and you've got money then you get away with it. Maybe the cops down in Florida are in fear that Obama will get on his soapbox again like he did when the other black man was arrest. Either way, all five are these kids are still free in the public.

I'm done.

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PostSubject: Re: Balloon Boy getting more media attention than this?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:40 pm

If it makes you feel any better, I have no clue what happened with the balloon boy either because I don't watch the news Very Happy Ignorance is bliss.
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PostSubject: Re: Balloon Boy getting more media attention than this?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:28 am

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PostSubject: Re: Balloon Boy getting more media attention than this?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:06 pm

-.- kill those kids
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