Girl badly burned by boiling water thrown at her at sleepover

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

Police in New York City say an 11-year-old girl has been severely burned after another girl poured boiling water on her during a sleepover.

The girl's mother, Ebony Merritt, has talked to prosecutors about the felony criminal charges facing the 12-year-old attacker. Merritt suffered burns to her face, back and shoulders and was rushed to the hospital in serious but stable condition.

But her mum claimed she had previously been bullied by the girl who allegedly attacked her after inviting her to the sleepover Sunday night.

NY1 spoke to the girl's mother, who identified the victim as Jamoneisha Merritt. "She thought they was her friends", Ebony Merritt told NY1. "She's emotionally messed up".

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

A local child has ended up in the burn unit because of a game known as the "hot water challenge".

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Eugene Dalmida, 52, said: "I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she don't actually see the damage done to her". They said they don't want to show Jamoneisha the extent of her burns and what she looks like right now, but photos provided to News 4 show her with skin missing from her face, shoulders and neck. It involves sick stunts where unsuspecting victims get hot water thrown at them.

"She's just a bundle of joy, you can't be around her and be sad", her cousin, Starshanae Nixon, said.

"I could only be with her for a little bit, because I can't hold myself together", Yolanda said.

Last month, an eight-year-old Florida girl was killed when she drank boiling water through a straw after being dared by her cousin to do so.

The victim's mother posted on social media, saying that she wants all parents to be aware of what their children are doing and to talk to them about the unsafe, sick stunts they see online.

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