Mother, uncle of burn victim charged with stealing recovery fund

This summer Antoine Willis suffered life-threatening burns when he was doused with gas and set on fire, allegedly by his mother's boyfriend. The story inspired contributions to a recovery fund for the 19-year-old. Now his mother and uncle are accused of stealing the $2,500 in that fund and spending it on gambling and drugs.
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This summer Antoine Willis suffered life-threatening burns when he was doused with gas and set on fire, allegedly by his mother's boyfriend. The story inspired contributions to a recovery fund for the 19-year-old. Now his mother and uncle are accused of stealing the $2,500 in that fund and spending it on gambling and drugs.

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