KINGMAN - A Golden Valley toddler who was critically burned in a fire in May has died.
Erik Glotkowski, age 2, died at Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento Sept. 16. He died almost four months to the day of the May 16 fire that burned him over 87 percent of his body.
"The day he passed was four months of fighting," said his mom, Kimberley Thomas.
Erik lost his fingers and ears from the fire and endured more than a dozen surgeries, but it wasn't until a few days before his death that his condition became critical.
"His kidneys had failed, and then his heart just couldn't take it anymore," Thomas said.
Erik was playing with his two older brothers, ages 4 and 5, in a mobile home in front of the family's Golden Valley home on a Sunday morning when the older boy started the fire using a lighter he found. Thomas was watching the boys while doing the morning chores, while the boys' father, Jesse Glotkowski, was inside the residence sleeping. Thomas said she turned her back for a minute before she saw the mobile home in flames. The two older boys escaped injury. The father is the one who pulled Erik from the fire and rushed him to Golden Valley Fire Station 13.
He was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he spent two months in a medically induced coma.
Erik's aunt, Brittany Pickering, stayed with the boy after he was transferred to Shriner's two months ago. The parents then traveled back and forth between there and Kingman because of their other children.
The couple's three other children, including the 4 and 5-year-old brothers who were with Erik when the fire started, were removed from the couple's custody by Child Protective Services after the incident.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office found no criminal neglect on the couple's part and the couple says CPS is in the process of returning the three boys. The older two, including the boy who allegedly started the fire, are in therapy.
Erik is remembered by his parents as an intelligent toddler who's maturity surpassed his age. His dad called him "daddy's little helper" and said Erik would calm his nerves during frustrating repair projects by gleefully offering his help. His mom said the boy was a big fan of Nick Jr's "Blue's Clues" and "Wow Wow Wubbzy." Erik dressed as the yellow Wubbzy character for Halloween.
Pickering said Erik had relearned to sit and stand during his stay at Shriner's. She said he flirted with his nurses.
"He had this ego about him like, "Yeah, I know I'm cute," she said.
The family said they wanted to thank the community for the well-wishes and donations they received that made it possible for them to travel to see Erik. Funeral services are pending.