Homemade explosive burns 5-year-old girl

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) Clovis police say someone is planting homemade explosives around the city and this week a 5-year-old girl became a victim.

She was burned by a bomb put in her family’s mailbox.

Holly Kadell is the young girl’s mother.

“I’m thinking did somebody plant it in there for us? Was it just random? Was it kids? Was it adults?” said Kadell.

Kadell said her daughter, Angel, went out to get the mail from their mailbox Monday afternoon, but instead of finding a couple of letters she found a Gatorade bottle full of chemicals.

Police say when Angel opened the mailbox the bottle exploded and the chemicals inside shot out at her.

“I was just freaking out. I couldn’t believe this was happening to my daughter,” Kadell said.

Angel was burned on her chest, arms and legs, but is expected to be OK.

Detectives say they think the liquids inside the bottle were cleaning products.

Kadell says she’s in disbelief someone would intentionally hurt her child.

“It’s a homemade bomb. No sugar coating it at all. It’s a homemade bomb is what it is,” she said. “It’s not a joke. My daughter could have died that day.”

Clovis police said in the past they’ve caught kids throwing homemade explosives onto people’s porches and lawns.

Police do not have any suspects in this case.

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