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.