Police arrested a 12-year-old Alabama girl Friday and charged her with first-degree assault after she allegedly set her younger brother on fire.
The 12-year-old doused her 10-year-old brother with hairspray on his back, then used a lighter to ignite the liquid, according to police. The 10-year-old was sent to the hospital with burns on his back and arms, and was later transferred to the another hospital’s trauma and burn intensive care unit due to the severity of the burns. Investigator James Harvey arrived at the hospital to assess the situation, and police say the 10-year-old should recover.
Someone else was home with the children at the time of the attack. Authorities have not announced any possible motives.
The 12-year-old was released into her parents’ custody, reports say, and her case will be handled by the Houston County juvenile court system. In the meantime, the Alabama Department of Human Resources is requiring the family follow a safety plan.