AFTER stepping on burning hot fire coals that had been left carelessly hidden under the sand at Lilley's Beach on New Year's Eve, 13-month-old Troyden Marks was taken to Gladstone Base Hospital and later flown to Brisbane for skin graft surgery. Contributed.
AFTER stepping on burning hot fire coals that had been left carelessly hidden under the sand at Lilley's Beach on New Year's Eve, 13-month-old Troyden Marks was taken to Gladstone Base Hospital and later flown to Brisbane for skin graft surgery. Contributed.

LETTER: Ones who left fire should pay toddlers' medical bill

WITH reference to the stories on the front pages of the Gladstone Observer on January 4 and 7, where the two young children have burnt feet from smouldering fires covered in sand on beaches, I think this is criminal. It is a sad state of affairs when children can't even walk or play on a beach without being seriously injured.

>> UPDATE: Troyden up and walking after skin graft surgery

>> Another toddler burns feet on coals from NYE beach fire

Parents will have to take a rake with them and rake the sand before allowing their children to play. Next it will be a child has had a needle stuck in its feet. It is time that fires on all sandy beaches were made illegal and attracted mandatory jail time for the offenders.

These poor babies are suffering terribly, and it was all because some irresponsible lazy no-hopers didn't make sure the fires were out before they left them. Whoever you are, you should all come forward and apologise to the victims and pay the medical expenses of these two small children.

Barb Smith, Gladstone



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