Bystanders Record 8-Year-Old Boy On Fire Instead Of Helping Him

Sanquon King suffered burns across more than 38 percent of his body.

Atlanta, GA – An eight-year-old boy is in critical condition after bystanders saw him catch on fire and recorded his frantic screams instead of helping him (video below).

“Lay down in the grass and roll,” a woman hollered at the burning child from behind her cell phone camera. “Lay down in the grass.”

The incident occurred on Oct. 19, when eight-year-old Sanquon King accidentally set himself on fire as he was playing with a lighter and lighter fluid at the Covington Housing Authority Units, WSB reported.

The video showed the desperate little boy pleading for help as he ran towards other people in the grassy area outside a complex building.

Instead of helping him, at least one woman pulled out her cell phone and began recording the child’s agony while she barked orders at other bystanders.

“Get some water or something!” she yelled. “Lay down!”

“He’s hollering and screaming and begging for help, and they’re recording it,” the boy’s mother, Willtrivius King, told WSB.

King said she believes her son would have died if two heroic neighbors, Cynterra Jordan and Crystal Parks, hadn’t rushed in to save him.

They took the little boy’s shoes off, then rolled him on the ground to smother the flames.

"I can't wait to see them hug them, kiss them, love on them. I'm so thankful for them," King said of her Good Samaritan neighbors. “They actually saved my baby’s life.”

Sanquon was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he remains heavily sedated in the intensive care unit.

He suffered burns to over 38 percent of his body.

The video of her son burning alive was later posted to social media, King told WSB.

“They actually put it on Facebook,” she said. “They sent it out to people.”

At one point in the video, the woman recording made a comment to another bystander who apparently found the scene amusing.

“Come on, Lana,” she said, according to WSB. “That’s not funny.”

King said she was dumbfounded when she learned that adults in the area had done nothing to help her son.

“Just to watch. Like, grown people standing, watching, not trying to help, not trying to do nothing,” King said. “That’s cruelty to kids. You don’t do kids like that.”

Police said they do not plan to charge any bystanders for their inaction.

Comments (22)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

That is what society has come down to now - with the prevalence of camera phones and people constantly wanting to be the first to post anything on the Internet and get credit for being the first, instead of being caring, helping human beings. And that is starting to be true almost everywhere in a lot of circumstances, no matter who the victim is or who needs help.

LEO0301
LEO0301

In the past I would have been stunned by the inaction of the bystanders but no more. To watch the child burn while recording it and then posting on facebook shows far we've regressed as a society. I remember the article of the police officer who was shot multiple times while sitting in his patrol car and bystanders rushed to his car, not to offer help, but to record it so they can post it online, all so they can count up the "likes". This poor boy in the article deserves better. I hope when he recovers he can move to a better neighborhood.

angeleyes
angeleyes

people are so heartless now, it's all about me, me, me. that poor child would have burned alive if those real people hadn't saved him. I hope those videotaping him and commenting and doing nothing are named in the paper, posted around the neighborhood something , Karma's a bitch and i do wish it on their heads.

phinum
phinum

Its just a cultural thing. Some cultures are just so jaded to cruelty and suffering that they can't feel any more. Sorry, but the names these people were given is indicative of a tribal culture that is so backward that it is almost primitive.

J10107
J10107

This isn't a cultural thing !!!

These people are disgusting parasitic insects, who have NO relation to any culture or creed!!!

How could any human being watch an 8 year old child burn half to death while they video tapped and screamed recommendations as the child ran around on fire, screaming for help!!!

This story isn't just an appalling report on this child's neighborhood, it's an horrific report on a tiny segment of people, who don't deserve to live in any segment of American society!!

I can't imagine what some members of that community may do, when they find out who these people were, who just stood there videotaping a child on fire, instead of attempting to render some kind of aid.

Dale Torrey
Dale Torrey

Why the hell didnt they stop an 8 yo from playing with lighter fluid & a lighter in the first place is beyond me. He shouldn't have been allowed to play with even 1 of these items to be allowed to play with both is pure insanity, effing idiots

JLo1
JLo1

Sick!

61mouse
61mouse

See they just aren't helping police when they need help

Mic911
Mic911

Hope Sanquon recovers quickly!! As far as those recording, only wish you could be charged with something, but hopefully Karma will come into your life very soon..

Skidoo
Skidoo

Universal altruism isn't an inborn trait even though we want to think it is. It only exists in civilized parts of the world and is temporary at best.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

How do you stand by, as a woman, and watch (and RECORD) a child needing help? It sickens me that the scumbag who is recording has absolutely no motherly instinct to run and help him. She is beyond disgusting!

FSchloss
FSchloss

This world is now full of vultures who feed off fame. Truly a lower form of life.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

They are animals no snakes They are so cold blooded they are not human

rover77
rover77

a waste of genetic material

John.Brown
John.Brown

I can't even watch an 8 year old on fire, much less record it. These are animals, plain and simple. I hope he fully recovers, grows up and moves out of this zoo.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

J10107 says:" This story isn't just an appalling report on this child's neighborhood, it's an horrific report on a tiny segment of people, who don't deserve to live in any segment of American society!!"

J- i agree but would I would need to add and mention "tiny segment" is not so tiny when you review the statistics of this one group. There is so much overwhelming data which supports how truly deranged they are as compared to any other groups. The stats are so disproportionate as it pertains to the myriad ignorant, criminal ,disgusting behaviors. Look it up for yourselves and use Chicago as a "tip of the iceberg" example. You will see similar stats and behaviors in any predominantly black large major metropolitan area of this country. What we see here is a very small fraction of what actually exists in this particular minority community and what passes for "normal" among them. If you saw how widespread it actually is it would jolt you as if you were hit by lightning.