Severely Burned 5-Year-Old Goes Home

It's been a tough month for little Caleb Farris.

A thrown bottle of flaming liquid left him with burns all over his body. The incident happened at the Springs Mobile Home Park in Russell Springs.

The accident and recovery now has Caleb only talking in a whisper.

“He's not talking that good. When they had all tubes all down him, they had him sedated for 3 weeks,” said Caleb’s father, Adam.

Caleb's hospital stays and surgeries lasted weeks at Lexington and Cincinnati hospitals. But every day at home has new requirements and challenges.

“We have to do stretches and massages, when he gets up,” said Shay Farris, Caleb’s mother.

No charges were filed from the incident, but Adam Farris says he thinks someone should be held accountable.

Police never launched a criminal investigation, saying it was an accident that happened from kids playing together.

“It makes me mad. It really does,” said Farris.

Farris wants justice, not just for the accident, but for what his son faces until he's an adult.

“Eventually he'll have to have other surgeries. Relief surgery, where, as he grows, his graft won't stretch. And they'll have to relieve that by cutting strips,” he said.

Caleb's parents say he will have to have regular surgeries until he's about 18-years-old.

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  • by zack Location: paris on Oct 3, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    Good luck man you really brave and strong don't give up. Now I see were the saying take life one day at a time comes from. You are in my prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    feel better real soon, little guy
  • by melinda Location: mount sterling on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    my heart goes out to the family, you are in our prayers, stay strong little man there was an angle with you that day. you are a very brave and special person
  • by Sierra Location: Lexington on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    This is a very sad story, I feel terrible for this child. But I don't understand his father wanting to blame someone. From the news story I read these five year olds were playing with flamable material, how'd they get it and why were they running around with it unsupervised? They're Five! If I was police I'd investigate all the parents!
  • by Karen Location: Russell Springs on Oct 2, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    I think the comment about someone being held accountable from the father was uncalled for -IF the father thinks someone should be held accountable- where was he at the time this happened and should he not be the one held accountable for knowing where his son was, and who he was with? I pray for this family, and this child - I pray God will watch over him since apparently no one else does.
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    This story breaks my heart.. It shocks me that this isn't being investigated!
  • by Brenda Location: Georgetown on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    Bless Caleb's heart! He sure is a brave young man. I know many adults, myself included, that just cringe at what this poor child is having to go through. May God watch over and bless him and his family!


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