An incident in which an eight-year-old boy sustained serious burns to his body in the backyard of a Mount Isa residence is being treated as suspicious.
Initial investigations indicate the boy was at the home in Abel Smith Parade, Pioneer, around 5:50pm Saturday with a 10-year-old boy known to him.
“It will be alleged that a short time later a liquid was thrown at the boy,” the police statement said.
“This liquid acted as an accelerant when it was ignited causing significant burns over the boy’s body.”
The boy was treated at the scene by family members and the Queensland Ambulance Service before being transported to the Mount Isa Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
He has suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body and it is believed he will be airlifted to either Townsville or Brisbane at some point.
Officers have arrested a 10-year-old boy who is currently assisting them with their investigations.
Police declared a crime scene in the area and are speaking to residents nearby to gather more information.
Earlier Detective Inspector Chris Hodgman said the boy suffered burns to his back and legs.
“He was in a lot of pain, the paramedics got him straight to Mount Isa Base Hospital, he has been sedated, I believe,” he said.
“He and another juvenile may have been playing with petrol in the backyard of a premises.
“Petrol is a very volatile substance and I know there are some children around the area that are fascinated with fire, but I implore parents to educate their children on the dangers of playing with any sort of petrol.”