There were more than one thousand articles written about this case. Here are a few excerpt headlines as they appeared in order. The articles can be purchased at Newslibrary.com
(This particular article is so very sad. The boy begged to see his father, which is a natural request from an injured child. He had no idea that his dad had done this to him.)
Philadelphia Inquirer April 9, 1983
A CHILD'S WISH - BURNED BOY ASKS FOR FATHER, NOT KNOWING HE'S IN JAIL
David Rothenberg, severely burned in a motel fire, has spoken for the first time since the blaze and has asked for a soda, a Popsicle - and a visit from his father, who is jailed on charges of having set the fire.The 6-year-old Brooklyn boy still does not know how he got into the hospital. He does not know that he was burned over 90 percent of his body when the motel room he shared with his father burst into flames.Nor does he know that his father, Charles Rothenberg, is in jail in...
Daily Los Angeles News of Los Angeles Jan 25, 1990
|BOY BURNED BY DAD FEARS FATHER'S PAROLE |
David Rothenberg, disfigured when his father set him on fire seven years ago, said Wednesday that he is confident strict parole provisions will keep Charles Rothenberg away from him.''I would like them to keep him in jail for the rest of his life. But that's not the law," the 13-year-old boy said at a news conference hours after his father's release from prison."If he wants forgiveness, why did he do this..
|The Orange County Register October 23, 1988|
|But `David' tells only part of the story of this burn victim \The David Rothenberg who will be seen by America in the Tuesday-night ABC TV movie "David" is the 1983 edition, the 6-year-old boy who was charred to the brink of death in a Buena Park motel room fire set deliberately by the father he once idolized.As played by actor Matthew Lawrence, he's a spunky and courageous boy who overcomes astronomical odds. He was supposed to die because that's what generally happens to human beings who.|