Toddler recovers from Garland vehicle explosion



Posted on August 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The toddler injured during a Garland area car explosion is recovering at home. KREM 2 News caught up with the two-and-a-half-year-old and her mother on Tuesday.

Dani Sayma’s mother, Stacia Sienkiewic, said the toddler is full of energy despite suffering second-degree burns.

“She still wants to play and be that littler girl she was before this happened,” said Sienkiewicz.

Sayma was injured on Sunday, August 4th. The little girl was in her father’s vehicle when it exploded near Garland and Wall.

“Her dad called me on the phone and started screaming that he blew up the car,” said Sienkiewicz.

The toddler’s mother said she was immediately angry, confused, and panicked.  Her daughter suffered second-degree burns to her face, hands and feet. Meanwhile her father was transported to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle for his injuries.

PHOTOS: Explosion aftermath

“Looking at the car-- angels must have put their hands around her because I don't know how either one of them survived it,” said Sienkiewicz.

Officials believe the explosion was accidental. However, charges may be filed.  Investigators said they believe that the driver was trying to use cans of butane with a THC generator prior to the explosion. A THC generator is used to extract oils from marijuana to make the drug more potent. Officials said the practice is extremely dangerous.

The driver allegedly placed the items in the back seat of the car and lit a cigarette. It is believed that caused vapors in the car to explode as it was moving eastbound on Garland. The explosion tore off the roof of the car and damaged nearby buildings.

"I never expected in a million years he would blow up a car with my child in it," she added.

Sienkiewicz told KREM 2 News that she is worried about the long-term impacts.
“I'm worried fireworks or anything like that is going to trigger memories," she stated.

Sayma has been through a lot according to her mother. The little girl was diagnosed with a cancer-like disease in 2012. She had finished chemotherapy just day before the explosion. The Make-A-Wish Foundation will take Sayma and her mother to Disneyworld in October for her third birthday.