Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


September 21, 1993

Burn victim's parents file suit against shirt-maker

The parents of a 12-year-old Severn boy who was seriously burned when his shirt caught fire three years ago filed a $1.7 million suit yesterday against the shirt-maker and the department store chain that sold it.

Ralph and Cynthia McClurkin of the 8300 block of Harriet Lane allege that J.C. Penney Co. and Bugle Boy Industries sold a defective T-shirt that caused second- and third-degree burns on their son's back Sept. 22, 1990.

According to the suit, Stephen McClurkin had brewed tea and turned the burner on the electric range off when he leaned against the stove and his T-shirt ignited.

The boy, who was treated at the burn unit of the Francis Scott Key Medical Center, is permanently scarred and will continue to undergo skin grafts and other hospital treatments, according to the suit.

The suit seeks $575,000 on three separate counts of negligence, breach of warranty and strict liability.


* Severn: Money and other property valued at $130 was stolen from a home in the 7900 block of Innkeeper Drive between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

* Severn: Appliances valued at $570 were taken from a home in the 7800 block of Locust Wood Road between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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