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13-200 Detectives Investigate Injured Child Incident; Child Falls Into Pit of Heated Coals

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit

Fire Rescue

Johnathan Moore (Injured Child)
DOB: 09/10/2011
Address 2840 21st Street N. St. Petersburg

Tracey Fincher (Johnathan’s mother)
DOB: 11/25/1980
Address: 2840 21st Street N., St. Petersburg

What:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit are investigating an incident in which a two-year-old boy fell into a pit of heated coals. The boy sustained non- life threatening injuries. The incident appears to be accidental in nature.

When:
The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Where:
The incident occurred at the KOA Campground located at 5400 95th Street in St Petersburg.

Why/How:
According to investigators, 2-year-old Johnathan Moore was riding a scooter in a patio area near the fire pit, when he lost his balance and fell into the pit containing heated coals. Detectives say his mother, 32-year-old Tracey Fincher and other family members pulled the child out of the pit. The family called 911 and administered aid to the boy – until first responders arived on scene. The child was subsequently transported by air to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Detectives say the child is in stable condition in the intensive care-unit of the hospital. He sustained first and second degree burns to his back, left arm and left leg.

The family had been staying at the campground and were celebrating the boy’s 2nd birthday.

Detectives say the incident appears to be accidental in nature.

The investigation continues.

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