June 3, 1997 in Nation/World

Malcom X’S Widow Fights For Her Life

Compiled From Wire Services

Malcolm X’s widow fought for her life Monday after being burned over most of her body in a fire allegedly set by her grandson, described by a family lawyer as “a sad little boy” with a troubled past.

Betty Shabazz was listed in critical condition with third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body.

“The injuries are catastrophic. … She is in a life-threatening situation and will be for a long period of time,” said Dr. Bruce Greenstein at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Shabazz, 63, was sedated, on a ventilator and receiving fluid replacement.

Her 12-year-old grandson, named Malcolm for his famous grandfather, appeared briefly in court Monday and was held in a juvenile detention center, charged with juvenile delinquency.

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