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4-month-old baby critically injured by fireworks in Youngstown

Published: Mon, July 7, 2014 @ 12:47 a.m.

The baby's grandmother also was injured

Staff report


A 4-month-old baby was flown by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital in

Akron after she was critically burned by fireworks on the city’s South Side at about 10 p.m. Friday.

Family members said the baby was in her playpen with them on a front porch in the 200 block of East Lucius Avenue as they watched neighbors set off large fireworks.

A 10-year-old neighbor kicked over a lit tubular firework, which shot into and ignited the playpen and burned the baby, a witness told police.

The baby’s grandmother, Carol McCormick, suffered burns on her hands while rescuing the baby from the fully-engulfed playpen, according to a police report.

Family members rushed the victim in their car to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman, from which the victim was flown to the hospital’s Akron burn unit, suffering first-, second- and third-degree burns.

The names of the baby and her 17-year-old mother were edited out of the police report that was available Sunday night.

There were eight deaths and more than 11,000 people hurt from fireworks in the U.S. in 2013, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.


1CountryGirl51(232 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

What a shame. I feel for this mother and her little girl. The neighbor should be held responsible since it is illegal to set off fire works in Ohio. This law needs to be more enforced.

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2Roger_Thornhill(1063 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Why would the mother have such a small child so close to fireworks?

Hope police are evaluating whether they should charge her for child endangering.

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3handymandave(578 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Idiots with fireworks. What could be better. Guess they forgot they signed a form to take the fireworks out of the state of Ohio. Mother needs boot in butt for putting the child in harms way.

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4jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I disagree westsiderscare. Mother needs some parenting skills and the neighbor needs to stay the hell away from fireworks. Fireworks are dangerous and not to be in the hands of idiots and IMO a four month old infant should have been indoors. We can't choose our parents and I pray for that baby.

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