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Man Arrested After His 6-Month-Old Niece Suffers Serious Burns

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ORANGE (AP) — The uncle of a 6-month-old girl seriously burned during a Southern California holiday barbecue has been arrested for child endangerment.

Anaheim investigators say 33-year-old Miguel Angel Tellez was preparing a Monday afternoon meal at an apartment complex and had filled a plastic jug with gasoline and poured in on barbecue coals.

The milk jug exploded in flames and Tellez tossed it toward the baby, who was in a stroller about four feet away. Sgt. Rick Martinez says the girl suffered second- and third-degree burns on her legs.

Tellez was booked for investigation of felony child endangerment and unlawfully causing a fire. Bail is set at $100.000.

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