Texas teen girl suffers burns over 90 percent of body
Madison Lewis’ mother said a boy threw a pan filled with gasoline onto a fire, causing the explosion that injured her daughter at a gathering.
Texas police have filed charges against a man after a teen girl succumbed to burn injuries she received last month.
Sebastian Lindsey, 23, is facing manslaughter charges in the death of Madison Lewis, a 17-year-old girl from Jacksboro, Texas who succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.
Madison Lewis, 17, remains hospitalized after sustaining burns during a gathering of friends, her mother said. (Family handout)
Lewis was sent to the emergency room on December 16 after incurring burn injuries. Witnesses told investigators there was a gathering of people in the backyard of a residence in the 600 block of West Pine, inside the city limits of Jacksboro, where a small fire was burning inside a metal barrel.
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Witnesses said Lewis was next to the barrel when an adult male – later identified as Lindsey – wanted to make the fire bigger so he picked up a gasoline can and put gasoline on the fire.
The gasoline and fire traveled across the barrel causing Lewis’ hair and clothing to catch on fire.
Madison Lewis posing in a school sweater. (Family handout)
Investigators later found out those present at the residence were afraid of getting in trouble as alcohol was on the premise. Instead of calling 9-1-1, they drove the teen to Faith Community Hospital by private car.
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From there Lewis was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where she was treated for burns over 90% of her body. She succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, January 7.
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