AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say a mother was arrested after her unattended 11-year-old son set himself on fire as part of a social media stunt.
Mattelyn Parks was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree cruelty to children.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Caleb Lee says 29-year-old Parks left her son and his three-year-old sister alone at home.
Deputies learned that the boy put rubbing alcohol on himself and lit in on fire.
He told authorities he was copying a social media stunt.
Authorities say the child’s wounds were not life-threatening.
The boy told deputies his mother was at work.
It’s unclear whether Parks has an attorney.