Family warns others after girl burns hands falling into fire pit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Five-year-old Josephine Rawson is normally all smiles.

But an accident that is every parent's worst nightmare happened to her last weekend at the family’s cabin in Wellston in Manistee County: Josephine fell into a fire pit, leading to her being flown to Grand Rapids for treatment.

She is going to be OK, but suffered serious burns on her hands and legs.

“Very, very nerve-wracking. I can’t even describe it. It’s awful. Just over and over my head, hearing her scream — it’s something I can’t get out of my head,” said Scott Rawson, Josephine’s father.

The fire pit is raised about a foot off the ground. Josephine was walking while holding her life jacket in front of her to get ready for the beach. She didn’t see the fire pit, and fell in.

Her dad was right there when it happened and pulled her from the fire pit.

“She screamed, I ran and grabbed her, and the outcome was that severe,” Scott Rawson said.

In just a split second, she suffered horrific burns. Josephine's mom says this type of accident can happen to any family.

“It doesn’t matter if they grew up with it or not, in just one second,” Kelly Rawson said.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the family with Josephine's medical expenses.

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8 comments

    • Family Friend

      It’s family property that’s been in the family for generations. Try and be a little more sensitive, please. Also, can anyone really afford thousands and thousands in medical care?

      • lynette dodge

        This happened to my son when he was 2. Second and third degree burns. Please let them know about Michigan children’s special healthcare. We did have insurance but medical bills for burns can be alot they took care of every thing.And will continue to until he is an adult if he needs anymore care.And for anyone out there that does not think you are watching your kids you never know what can happen in the blink of an eye. Even if you are the most protective parent.Hope she heals well and fast. Praying for you.

    • Rolling My Eyes

      They have insurance. Do you have thousands upon thousands immediately for emergency medical funds for a family of 5? They’re both employed but insurance doesn’t cover it all. Think before you open your ignorant mouth.

  • Jenna

    If he was rite there when it happened why didn’t he say like hey Josie lookout? Or something to that effect before she fell in.

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