An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured when another girl at a sleepover poured boiling water on her as she slept. "I can't bear to look at her... it gets me too upset".
The victim's mother posted on social media, saying that she wants all parents to be aware of what their children are doing and talk to them about the risky, sick stunts they see online. She was admitted to a burn unit with second-degree burns.
Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, was apparently warned by the other children not to fall asleep at the slumber party or they would take some sort of action against her. The scalding hot water burned the girl's face, neck, shoulders and chest, leaving her screaming in pain and agony.
"She's emotionally messed up", the mother said.
"They were very wicked", Lawrene Merritt said of her niece's supposed friends.
The 12-year-old was arrested and police charged her with assault.
'But my daughter - I don't know what she was thinking - boiled hot water and poured it on Jamoni's face'.
Yolanda Richardson, Merritt's cousin, said Merritt and the 12-year-old had argued before she went to sleep. "I wanted to do it, '" Ebony said, although the girl's admission was not independently confirmed. "But after she saw what she did to (Jamoneisha) was really wrong, she tried to kill herself". "I don't want her to see me cry".
The burning incident seems to be the result of a new social trend called the "Hot Water Challenge".
In July, 8-year-old Ki'ari Pope of Florida died several months after her cousin dared her to drink boiling water through a straw as part of the challenge. At this point, none of the other children are facing charges.
The "challenge" is inspired by YouTube videos an involves "pouring boiling water on unsuspecting friends", TIME wrote.
"Watch what your kids are doing on the internet", he added.