A 7-year-old Missouri boy has been hospitalized with severe burns after another child allegedly covered him in nail polish remover and lit him on fire, his mother said.
Julien Sandlin's mother, Ashley Sandlin, is now raising money for her son's care and to move her family elsewhere in the wake of the Aug. 6 incident.
"I got a phone call that my son was, basically had a child pour fingernail polish remover all over his body and then set on fire," Ashley told InsideEdition.com. She added that the other child's mother allegedly watched what happened and did nothing.
However, a neighbor who saw the incident unfold rushed to pat Julien down with a wet towel and rolled him around on the ground before calling for help.
Ashley was not home at the time.
Her son suffered severe burns to his face and arms.
"He’s having a hard time with the pain, the itching, the discomfort, the anxiety, the night terrors," Ashley said.
Julien has since been sent home from the hospital, but his mother is hoping to get him home care to deal with the burns.
"Right now, I’m the one taking care of the wounds and cleaning and making sure I can do what I can for him to be comfortable," Ashley said.
She added that she's frustrated because she feels police haven't done anything in the wake of the incident.
"I mean a child was burned almost to death and a woman watched it and there’s nothing that nobody is doing about it," Ashley said. "That’s a pretty big deal for me."
Police said they are investigating to determine how Julien was burned.
"We still have a long road ahead of us," Ashley said." There’s going to be therapy, he’s going to need counseling. We still don’t know if looking from the way that the face may heal or the arms, if we’re going to need skin grafts. ... It’s not going to be an easy recovery at all."
A GoFundMe page established by Ashley has raised more than $50,000.