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Attackers Torch Deerfield Beach Teen

Horrific story coming out of Deerfield Beach. The Broward Sheriff's Office is reporting that a 15-year-old boy named Michael Brewer was attacked at a pool within an apartment complex, then deliberately burned. Here's the BSO news release:

At 3:14 pm BSO deputies were dispatched to the Lime Tree apartments in reference to a person who suffered a burn injury. Deputies arrived along with Deerfield Beach firefighters and found the victim, Michael Brewer, sitting in a lawn chair near the pool. The teen was burned extensively above the waist. The young victim said that he was splashed with a flammable liquid and then set ablaze.

A BSO helicopter transported the victim to Broward General Medical Center.

An intensive investigation by BSO Deerfield Beach District deputies and BSO Aggravated Felonies detectives, plus Crime Scene Investigators, was immediately launched. Detectives determined that Brewer skipped class at Deerfield Middle School and went to the apartment complex to visit a friend. A motive for the torturous attack has not yet been determined but investigators are looking into the attempted theft of a bicycle, reported Sunday night by Brewer, to see if there is any connection.

Anyone who witnesses the attack or the circumstances leading to it, or who has any other information, is urged to call the Broward Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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Thomas Francis

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