Girl throws boiling water on resting 11-year-old at Bronx sleepover


The 11-year-old - who has burns to her face, neck, shoulders and chest - suffered second-degree burns after friends poured boiling water on her face, according to NY1.

The girl, identified by NY 1 as Jamoneisha Merritt, suffered burns to to her face chest, back and shoulders early Monday morning.

Merritt's mother, Ebony, says her daughter is in such physical and mental anguish that they are not allowing the young girl to look at her injuries yet. She remains in stable condition at Harlem Hospital.

A 12-year-old girl is being charged with felony assault, local news site NY1 reported. "We was talking about something different - try to take her mind off of that", said Yolanda Richardson, Jamoneisha's cousin. She said that the two girls pranked each other all the time. "But after she saw what she did to (Jamoneisha) was really wrong, she tried to kill herself". Ebony Merritt screamed at Panton. "My daughter was like, 'OK, if you're gonna do a prank on me, I'm gonna prank you back".

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"I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she doesn't actually see the damage done to her". According to Merritt, the group Jamoneisha was hanging out with had allegedly been bullying her before the incident. I want all that was involved to be brought to justice.

The family described the 11-year old as being "joyful, fun and energetic", adding that she always has a smile on her face and loved to see others have one, too.

Jamoneisha's friends were attempting to complete the challenge, which calls for youths to throw hot water on an unsuspecting person.

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.