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Ellicott City girl critical after setting self on fire


A 15-year-old Ellicott City high school sophomore suffered second- and third-degree burns yesterday after she stabbed herself, then doused her body with a flammable liquid and set herself on fire, emergency personnel said.

The girl, a student at Mount Hebron High School, was taken from her Ellicott City home by MedEvac to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where she was in critical condition last night.

The girl's 41-year-old mother, whose name also was not released, was taken to Bayview with burns to her hands. Howard County police said she tried to put out the fire.

"We do know that the injuries were self-inflicted," police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said yesterday. "We have investigators on the scene trying to piece together what happened."

Howard County fire and rescue personnel arrived in the 8300 block of Governor Grayson Way shortly before 4 p.m.

"The girl was conscious and walking around outside the residence when we arrived," said Lt. Adam Zielinski, spokesman for the county fire department. "The fire on her body had been extinguished.

"We administered treatment for the stab wound to her abdominal area," he said.

Mohammed Majid, who lives across the street from the family, said he saw the girl as she came out of the house when emergency personnel arrived.

"She was stumbling outside her door and looking like she might faint," Majid said.

"People were trying to hold her up until they got her to a stretcher. You could see she was burned all over," he said.

Police and the state fire marshal's office were investigating.

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