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Man charged with burning 6-month-old niece at Anaheim barbecue

January 20, 2011 | 10:27 pm

A man had been charged with two felonies for allegedly pouring gas on barbecue coals, which sparked a fire that severely burned his 6-month-old niece in Anaheim.

Miguel Tellez, 33, was charged in Orange County Superior Court with child endangerment and unlawfully causing a fire with great bodily injury.

He remained in custody Thursday, according to a case summary on the court website.

Tellez is accused of filling a plastic milk container with gas at a family barbecue and pouring the liquid onto the burning coals, police said.

The container exploded into flames, and Tellez tossed it toward the girl, who was in a stroller about 4 feet from the barbecue, according to police. The girl suffered second- and third-degree burns on her legs.

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