The mother of a 15-year-old boy accused of helping set a Deerfield Beach teen on fire says she feels sorry for the victim, but she doesn't believe her son was involved.
"I feel so sorry for [Michael Brewer], I really do," Patricia Hollis, the mother of Steven Sheldon, told WFOR-Ch. 4.
"And it's sad. It really is," Hollis said.
Sheldon, of Deerfield Beach, and four other boys are charged with aggravated battery in the Monday attack.
One of the boys, Jesus Mendez, 15, of Pompano Beach, also is charged with attempted second-degree murder.
Brewer, 15, is in critical condition at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Burn Center.
The Broward Sheriff's Office says Brewer was set on fire because of a squabble involving a video game and a bicycle.
Hollis said she didn't think her son had anything to do with it.
"As far as I know, no he didn't," she said. "Wrong place at the wrong time."
Hollis did not comment after a court hearing for her son this morning.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun