Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire

He allegedly posted video to social media
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2018 10:20 AM CST
Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire
Levi Dykema, 28, has now been suspended.   (Getty Images/TLRG)

A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making, the AP reports. Levi Dykema, 28, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands of his children—ages 5, 7, and 10—with hand sanitizer and ignited it. WCAX reports he's also accused of posting video of the event to social media.

Dykema, who has pleaded not guilty, told police he was demonstrating the flammability of sanitizer and attempting to teach them about poor decision-making. Police say the children weren't injured but could have been seriously burned. The Charlotte Selectboard says Dykema has been suspended from his position as a volunteer firefighter. (Read more Vermont stories.)

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