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.