Mother Warns Parents About Hot Water Challenge After Daughter Seriously Burned
11-year-old Jamoneisha Merritt suffered second-degree burns after a friend poured boiling water on her during a sleepover in New York earlier this week.
Afterwards, the young girl's mother, Ebony Merritt, warned parents about the Hot Water Challenge she says was behind the attack that caused her daughter's injuries.
According to Buzzfeed, the Hot Water Challenge that Ebony and other family members reference is a social media stunt where people place their own body parts in extremely hot water, or in certain variations, drink it or douse it onto other people.
This is unfortunately not the first instance of a child sustaining a serious injury after getting inspired by the trend.
An 8-year-old girl in Florida recently died soon after sustaining a throat injury from drinking boiling water through a straw on a dare reportedly sparked by a similar video.
Her exact cause of death, however, has not yet been determined.
New York police told Buzzfeed that a 12-year-old girl had been charged with felony assault for the attack on Jamoneisha.
According to the New York Daily News, the mother of that 12-year-old said her daughter tried to kill herself shortly after the boiling water incident.
"My daughter tried to stab herself with a knife," Shernett Panton said.
"It was a prank—not a good prank. But after she saw what she did to [Jamoneisha] was really wrong, she tried to kill herself.”
Shernett said the attack came out of a prank war gone wrong.
“They always prank each other,” she said.
“My daughter was sleeping and Jamoni poured cold water on Aniya.
"My daughter was like, ‘OK, if you’re gonna do a prank on me, I’m gonna prank you back.’
“But my daughter — I don’t know what she was thinking — boiled hot water and poured it on Jamoni’s face.”
The tragic incident calls attention to ways children can misperceive the danger levels of social media stunts.
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