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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.

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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. 

Image of Madison Lewis in school colors

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.


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

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. 


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. 

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more. 

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