April 08, 1998 12:00 AM

Jose Serrano, 11, of Hartford, Conn., suffered second-degree burns on Tuesday afternoon while imitating a stunt performed on the MTV show “Jackass,” reports The New York Times. It was the second time in less than three months that a child was burned while copying something on the program, on which cast members perform daredevil routines. According to police, Serrano said that he and other children were playing in his yard. They found a flammable liquid, doused a rag with it and tied it around Serrano’s leg. They set the rag on fire, and it burned Jose’s pants and legs before the flames could be doused. On Wednesday, MTV issued a statement denying any responsibility for the viewer’s injuries, adding: “Obviously we feel horrible when a young person does something to hurt themselves (sic). Like other programmers, we take great care to air our shows responsibly.”

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