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BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ
A pair of charred dolls were discovered this week in the backyard of burn victim Michael Brewer’s Deerfield Beach home, according to a report released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
The dolls were found Wednesday afternoon in the pool by Brewer’s older sister, Malissa Durkee, 22, the report stated.
It was close to 1 p.m. when Durkee checked on the backyard and noticed an open gate — and found two dolls.
“The male and female dolls had been burned and had been joined together heads to feet,” the report said.
The dolls belonged to Durkee’s three young children. They had last been seen on Tuesday in the front yard of the home in the 1400 block of South Deerfield Avenue.
Later, Durkee heard the family dogs barking about 2:30 a.m., she told deputies, but didn’t venture outside to see what happened.
In response to the discovery, deputies went door to door and canvassed the neighborhood.
Michael remains hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s burn center, where he is expected to spend months recovering from burns that covered 65 percent of his body.
On Oct. 12, the 15-year-old boy was doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire. He jumped into a pool, extinguishing the flames, before paramedics arrived.
Five teenagers — all of whom were Brewer’s classmates at Deerfield Beach Middle School — have been arrested and charged with taking part in the October attack.