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Boy in Stroller Targeted in Acid Attack

Three men have been arrested in the UK
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2018 6:30 PM CDT
A general view of the Home Bargains store where a man is accused of an acid attack on a young boy.   (Matthew Cooper/PA via AP)

(Newser) – Authorities in the UK have detained three men they say were behind an acid attack on a 3-year-old boy being pushed in a stroller. Per Sky News, Police in Worcester say someone "deliberately" threw a caustic substance in the boy's face and arm while he was with his family in a Home Bargains store. The shocking attack happened Saturday, after which West Mercia Police distributed stills from CCTV footage taken inside the store. The three men cops say are pictured in the photos have since been arrested.

BBC reports that at least one of the men has been charged in connection with the attack. The 39-year-old man faces a count of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. Authorities said it remains unclear if the boy's injuries will cause lasting harm to his health, but one official called the attack "horrific," not least of all because of the area's low crime rate. A motive for the attack was immediately unclear, though authorities confirmed the injuries were consistent with burns caused by a chemical acid or base. The boy was treated overnight and released Sunday. (Acid attacks are a growing problem in London.)

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