Saxonburg man charged with setting girlfriend's 7-year-old son on fire

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A Butler County man was charged Wednesday with pouring a flammable substance on a 7-year-old boy and then lighting him on fire.

Edward B. Myers, 35, of Saxonburg remains in the Butler County prison unable to post bail.

He is charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Mr. Myers was dating the boy's mother, and she left her son in his care on May 25.

When she returned to Mr. Myers' home, she found her son with burns on his chest, neck and face, as well as a bruise on his forehead.

The boy's mother drove him to Butler Memorial Hospital, but because of the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to the burn unit at UPMC Mercy.

The boy told police that after his mother left, Mr. Myers and his two sons shot him with pellets from an airgun.

"[He] asked them to stop, but they would not," the complaint said.

Later, he said Mr. Myers threw something into his eyes that felt like sand and burned, and when the boy went into the bathroom to rinse his eyes out, the man poured nail polish remover on him.

When the boy then went into the room of one of the sons, either Mr. Myers or one of the sons "did something and caught his shirt on fire."

The victim told police, "None of the Myers called anyone to help him, and 'it seemed like hours' before his mother came back and took him to the hospital.'"

The burns covered about 10 percent of his body.

The boy also told police that Mr. Myers filmed the incident with a cell phone.

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Paula Reed Ward: or 412-263-2620.


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