"Help me!" and "Please! Please!" are some of the few words that are understandable through Michael Brewer's agonized pleas for relief moments after he was splashed with rubbing alcohol and set ablaze on Monday.
At times the obviously upset woman who is calling the Deerfield Beach, Fla., 911 dispatcher can barely be heard over Brewer's heartbreaking screams.
Nevertheless, the dispatcher asks how it happened, and the boy tells the woman, his voice frantic with pain, "Someone threw stuff on me." When asked who, Brewer wails, "I don't know."
Five teens, including one who is 13, have been arrested and charged with the assault on Brewer, who is 15. Police said the four older teens could be charged as adults because of the "degree of cruelty" involved in the attack.
A spokesman for the Broward County State Attorney's office said today a decision has not yet been made on whether to prosecute the boys as adults.
Brewer, remains on a ventilator in Jackson Memorial Ryder Hospital's burn unit. Dr. Nicholas Namias said Brewer is critically ill with burns over 65 percent of his body.
"Every part of his body is affected…his torso, legs, arms and head. It does look like the burns to his face and hands are not as bad as they could be," said Namias.
The use of an accelerant means the burn injuries will likely get worse in the coming weeks. "We consider flame burns to be worse that most other types of burns," the doctor said.
Brewer is heavily sedated and his body is extremely swollen, doctors said. Even if Brewer makes it through the next few weeks, there is still the likelihood of organ failures and the painful prospect of multiple operations to replace the burned skin, his doctors said.
Teens Who Burned Boy Were Laughing
The vicious assault has shocked the Deerfield Beach community nestled on the Florida coast just north of Fort Lauderdale, not only for the act of setting Brewer afire but for the teens' chilling reaction.
"I'll be honest with you, a couple of them were laughing about it last night. [Only] one of them seemed genuinely sorry for what he did," said Sgt. Steve Feeley, according to ABC News affiliate WPBF.
Charged in the attack are Steve Shelton, 15, of Deerfield Beach, Jeremy Jarvis, 13, Denver Jarvis, 15, Matthew Bent, 15, and Jesus Mendez, 15, all of Pompano Beach.
The boys are all charged with aggravated battery, according to the sheriff's office. In addition, Mendez, who police allege actually flicked the lighter that caused the fire, is charged with attempted second degree murder.
Authorities are calling the crime a "torturous attack" and say it all may have started over a video game. Authorities said Brewer owed Bent $40 for a video game. When Brewer didn't pay up, Bent tried to steal a bicycle belonging to the Brewer family. The attempted theft was reported to the police.
The next day Brewer went to an apartment complex where the five suspects cornered him near a swimming pool, according to authorities. At that point, the sheriff's office alleges, Denver Jarvis splashed Brewer with rubbing alcohol and Jesus Mendez used a lighter to set him on fire. Brewer ran into the pool to try to douse the flames.