Teen scalded with boiling rice; 70 percent of body burned

ATLANTA (AP) — A teenager is hospitalized with burns covering 70 percent of his body after two other teenagers attacked him with a pot of boiling rice while he was sleeping.

WSB-TV reports the 17-year-old victim is in a medically-induced coma in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after Monday’s attack.

Officers have arrested 19-year-old Quintavious Barber and 18-year-old Malik Morton for aggravated assault and cruelty to a child, among other charges.

Relatives of the scalded victim say the two men accused him of stealing a PlayStation 3. Neighbors say the three teens were friends.

It is unclear if Barber or Morton has a lawyer.

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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