Girl Badly Burned With Boiling Water At Bronx Sleepover Released From Hospital

Published on August 20, 2017, 6:47 am
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Jamoneisha Merritt left Harlem Hospital Friday after suffering severe burns to her face and body August 7, 2017.

A classmate allegedly poured the scalding hot water on Merritt’s upper body after she fell asleep at 4:00 a.m. following an argument between the two girls. Merritt immediately awoke when the water came in contact with her face, causing second and third-degree burns all over her upper body.

The 12-year-old girl who is allegedly responsible is being charged as a juvenile and the case will be settled in family court.

The classmate allegedly poured the hot water on Merritt as part of a prank similar to the “hot water challenge,” in which those who choose to take it drink boiling water through a straw.

The challenge is known to be very dangerous. An eight-year-old died this month trying to imitate a video in which others carried out the challenge.


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