A five-year-old boy playing with a cigarette lighter set his shirt on fire and went to the hospital with serious burns on Wednesday. Cops allege that his father went to the hospital’s family waiting room, and consoled himself by raiding a supply closet and stuffing three game consoles and some controllers into a garbage bag, presumably to bring home.
Pittsburgh police say that Jim Skursky was at UPMC Mercy Hospital to see his son, who was burned in an accident at Skursky’s
grilfriend’s girlfriend’s home outside of the city. A neighbour said the boy had caught his shirt on fire, burning himself on his chest, back and underarms. The neighbour put out the fire, started when the kid was playing with a lighter.
A reporter for WPXI-TV said Skursky made off with a “Wii, Xbox, Sony Playstation and some controllers,” making this the first console heist ever to span three generations. (Two if you don’t count the Wii.) We’re betting he actually grabbed a 360, PS2 and Wii, though it’s possible an original Xbox or PS3 could have been involved. Who knows. It’s February sweeps, and local TV news has never given a shit for reporting the actual correct names of video games or their consoles, that is well established.
Skursky is facing theft charges and a loss of eligibility for father of the year. His son has gone through surgery, though the boy’s grandmother says he is doing well now.
Police: Man charged with theft after visiting son in hospital [WPXI-TV, h/t mr_raccoon]