A Connecticut boy accused of bullying his six-year-old neighbor burst into tears as he denied dousing a ball in gasoline and throwing it at the alleged victim.
Stefano Giacobba claimed Dominick Krankall trod on a flaming cup that exploded on him despite their pleas to leave it alone in the yard in Bridgeport.
The eight-year-old said he was ‘saddened’ by the shocking incident and was devastated his group of friends had now shunned him following a mass uproar.
Meanwhile Krankall’s mother Maria Rua doubled down her claim Stefano had been bullying her boy and smacked him with the burning ball.
She also revealed she has received vile death threats and the family were forced to move into a hotel due to a vicious public backlash.
It comes as she defended her decision to use cash – raised through a Go Fund Me page that made $500,000 – to buy a new home for her son with a larger backyard.
Rua said they were closing in on the sale next week but added anyone who wanted their money back would be…