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Feb252011

Fourteen Year Old Boy Lit on Fire at a Party

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DENVER) -- Eight young men have been arrested for allegedly burning a 14-year-old boy at a house party on Valentine's Day in Denver, Colo.

"Why any[one] would do anything like that in good conscious is a mystery," said a spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

The police received a phone call around 3:30 a.m. local time on Feb. 14, reporting that a juvenile male was in need of medical attention.

The boy was found and transported to Children's Hospital, where he was treated for burns to his hands, chest, neck and face.  According to the arrest warrant, the boy sustained "breaks, fractures" and "burns of the second or third degree."  The boy's name and current medical condition were not disclosed by police.

Erick Perez, 20, Damian Sibayan, 18, Cody Cummings, 19, and David Ingram, 19, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and felony child abuse, among other charges.  Michael Bellegeuille, 21, Joshua Baffo, 19, Robert Freeman, 19, and Robert Reineau were arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, among other charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor and tampering with a witness/victim.

Erick Perez allegedly told investigators that he and his friends hosted the party at his home.  There were approximately 20 people present, many of whom were underage and consuming alcohol, marijuana and a drug called "Triple Cs."  Perez admitted that the victim was so intoxicated and high on "Triple Cs" that he passed out.  When he woke up, the victim said, "someone light me on fire," according to Perez.

Perez claimed that he went to the backyard with other men and the victim, who poured lighter fluid on himself.  Another partygoer named "Damien" allegedly lit the boy on fire as Perez watched from feet away.

"I didn't stop it because I was intoxicated," Perez allegedly told investigators.

Bellefeuille said he didn't call 911 because he had marijuana on him.

"No one called 911 because everyone was scared, since paramedics and police ask questions. No one wanted to call 911 because the police break up parties," he said.

Cummings said that after the boy was burned, he was in pain so "I gave him some weed."

The suspects have all been taken into custody and their cases will be presented to prosecutors for consideration of formal charges.

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