12-Year-Old Pours Boiling Water on Girl at Sleepover

11-year-old girl severely burned in sick 'hot water challenge' prank

As she was sleeping detectives say a 12-year-old girl threw boiling water in her face and over her upper body, prompting her to awake in agony as her skin burnt away.

Jamoneisha Merritt was rushed to Harlem hospital after suffering second-degree burns on her face, neck, shoulders and chest, reported NY 1 News.

"She said she was screaming that it was burning", she said.

The 12-year-old was arrested and police charged her with assault. Her mother told New York Daily News that she has attempted to commit suicide as a result of her actions. She told her if she goes to sleep, they were gonna do something to her.

A cousin of Jamoneisha told police her cousin and the older girl were arguing before the incident, although the cause of the argument was not immediately clear.

Ebony added that her daughter is "confused" and "upset" that the people she thought were her friends would do such a thing.

It's unclear how long Jamoneisha will be in the hospital or what her prognosis is.

Jamoneisha's cousin, Yolanda Richardson, told NBC New York that Jamoneisha and the unidentified 12-year-old were having a disagreement before bed. You let this happen to my daughter!' Ebony Merritt screamed at Panton.

Panton says the two girls are friends and have spent the entire summer together and always prank each other. "I wanted to do it", she said.

"We're trying to keep her spirits up, talking to her", Jamoneisha's family said. I want all that was involved to be brought to justice.

Eight-year-old Ki'ari Pope from Florida died after apparently taking part in what may have been a variation on the craze by drinking boiling water as part of a dare with another child. Children and teens seeing the fake challenge may not be aware of the lasting damage the boiling water can cause.

"Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges", Johnson told a local CBS affiliate.

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