Kerrville Fire Dept. recommends assault charges in burned child case

Charges increased for boy involved in fire

The Kerrville Fire Department has concluded its investigation into the fire that burned 10-year-old Kaleb Culp and recommended that aggravated assault with a deadly weapon be added to the arson charges.

Culp is a disabled boy who was burned and placed in a medically-induced coma during his recovery on October 2.

Initially, Culp's family contended that the attack was premeditated, but the Kerrville Fire Department held a press conference and said that they couldn't find any evidence confirming that.

"Based on the results of our preliminary investigation, it does not appear that this event was premeditated or that there was any intent to harm any of the juveniles present," Kerrville Fire Chief Danny Smith said back on October 6.

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At the time, officials added that the victim and the other three children involved in the incident "all knew each other" and were "all friendly with each other."

But Wednesday's announcement suggests that the fire department found new evidence to suggest that the attack was premeditated, after all.

The Kerr County Attorney's Office will take the recommendations under consideratiion.

(© 2016 KENS)


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