Image: Malissa Durkee
Alan Diaz  /  AP
Malissa Durkee holds a framed photo of her brother Michael Brewer, who was hospitalized with burns on more than three-quarters of his body after the attack at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex Monday.
updated 10/16/2009 12:49:24 PM ET 2009-10-16T16:49:24

A Florida teen who was set on fire screamed in agony as a breathless 911 caller tried to get the 15-year-old help.

The Broward Sheriff's Office released several tapes of the emergency calls Friday.

In the longest of them, a breathless woman tells the dispatcher: "A little boy has caught on fire!"

In the eight-minute-long call, the caller asks Michael Brewer who burned him. He says: "I don't know! I don't know!"

Brewer had been doused with rubbing alcohol and set ablaze after he turned in another teen for trying to steal his dad's bicycle. He remained hospitalized with a high risk for organ failure and infection, Dr. Nicholas Namias said earlier in the week.

Brewer's troubles started when 15-year-old Michael Bent gave him a video game and expected him to pay $40 for it, Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Leljedal. Brewer never paid for the game, which authorities would not identify, so Bent tried to steal a $500 custom bike that belonged to Brewer's father, Leljedal said.

Brewer called authorities over the weekend and Bent was arrested, then released Monday. Brewer refused to attend classes at his middle school that day and instead went to a Deerfield Beach apartment complex to visit a friend. He told deputies that while he was sitting by the swimming pool, he was splashed with rubbing alcohol and set ablaze.

A neighbor heard his screams for help and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, said his sister, Malissa Durkee. The teen ripped off his shirt and jumped into the pool, but he was still burned over 65 percent of his body.

Video: Parent of boys charged in attack speaks out Bent and four other teens — 15-year-old Denver Jarvis, Steven Shelton and Jesus Mendez and 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis — were charged with aggravated battery in the attack. Mendez also was charged with attempted second-degree murder because authorities say he flicked the lighter.

The teen's doctor said Brewer's face was not badly burned. But he said the teen suffered burns on his torso and arms and most of his hair, including his eyelashes, had also been burned off. He is expected to remain hospitalized for several months.

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