BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) – A little boy from Bridgeport was burned and allegations of harassment appeared in headlines around the world.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for his family.
After police said there was no violation, the family that was accused shared their story and they said the video cleared them.
The family said it was emotional for them as well.
They said they wanted to wait for police to investigate before releasing the video.
They claim that he paints a far different picture from the one originally described.
The surveillance video shows boys in the backyard playing with gas cans, lighting fires, and even kicking a burning soccer ball.
“They interact in the backyard like boys,” said Laura Jacobe.
Jacobe said she was not home at the time, but her upstairs neighbor had to watch their four boys.
Without supervision, 6-year-old Dominique Crancal will eventually catch fire.
Jacobe said it happened after he either kicked or stepped on a plastic glass full of gasoline that was on fire.
Her older son even used his hands to put out the fire on Dominic’s face.
“Dominic was not left there to die. “My 11-year-old son Lorenzo saved him, took his bare hands and put out the fire on his face,” Jacobe said.
When the story first came out, Dominic’s family said Jacobe’s children had thrown a burning ball at him, saying it was a classic case of harassment.
“The next thing you know, I just hear my son scream, help set me on fire, mom, help set me on fire,” said Aaron Crancal, Dominic’s father.
There was an outpouring of support.
Nearly $ 600,000 was raised on the GoFundMe family page.
There was even a parade of first-aiders for Dominic until he recovered, and a chance to hang out with the New York Yankees.
Police in Bridgeport released an investigation last week, saying there was nothing in the video to depict children intentionally setting fire to a 6-year-old.
Lawyer Christian Young said he was “certainly not a young boy being lured around the corner by some arsonist bully.”
Earlier, Jacobe said they lived in fear after receiving threats from strangers after the accusations.
“The police department had to sit in front of the house one night to make sure nothing happened. It was said that the house would be set on fire, my son and I would be dragged down the street and left to suffer the pain, “Jacobe said.
Dominic’s family said they did not see what happened, but only heard their son’s story, saying it had never changed and that they would use the money from Go to find a new home and donate to the army of salvation.
As for Jacobe and her family, she said they want to talk now and show the video to clear their names.
“For the end, for the truth now, for the end, I want it there so I can have it there. “No more harassment, no more harassment,” Jacobe said. “Come out with the truth and don’t use your child for money. It’s disgusting, very sad that you can wrap a child and lie all over the world.
The family’s lawyer said they were considering a lawsuit.
More to come on Channel 3 in 6.
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