Family of Burned Boy Familiar with Child Welfare - 8 News NOW

Family of Burned Boy Familiar with Child Welfare Agency

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LAS VEGAS -- The family of an 11-year-old boy who was severely burned while allegedly torching a van on his mother's instructions has been investigated numerous times by county welfare officials.

A report from the Clark County Department of Family Services shows the agency received 16 reports of neglect or abuse involving the boy or other family members between July 1999 to September 2012. According to county records, circumstances in four of the cases did not rise to the level of warranting an investigation. Out of the remaining allegations, nine were unsubstantiated but three were substantiated.

There was also a complaint alleging abuse and neglect in January 2012 that was substantiated and resulted in the boy and other family members being removed from the home. According to records, a case plan was put in place and the family was given referrals for services. It is unclear when the boy was returned to the home.

The boy was seriously burned Sept. 10. Henderson Police say the child's mother, Juanita Carr, told her son to torch her van because she was behind in payments. The boy caught his clothes on fire.

Carr is facing charges of arson and child abuse causing substantial bodily harm. The Clark County Department of Family Services is also investigating the incident.


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