A girl who reportedly took part in a “Hot Water Challenge” and poured boiling water over her friend, tried to kill herself in the hospital.
The Sun reports that Aniya Grant Stuart, 12, is accused of throwing boiling water on Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, during a sleepover. Jamoneisha woke up screaming from pain and was taken to the hospital where she’s still recovering from second-degree burns.
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Aniya, currently on suicide watch at a New York hospital, attempted to kill herself shortly after she saw how badly she damaged her friend’s skin. Aniya’s mother, Shernett Panton, said that her daughter tried to cut herself with a knife. Aniya is currently facing a felony assault charge.
The “Hot Water Challenge” incident happened on Sunday night at a sleepover at Concourse Village in New York. While Jamoneisha was sleeping, Aniya allegedly threw boiling water on her, causing significant injuries and disfigurement to the 11-year-old’s face and neck.
Eugene Dalmida, 52, stood outside of a Harlem hospital while his niece, Jamoneisha, was inside recovering from her injuries. He said the little girl seemed to be in good spirits, but it’s likely because she still doesn’t know how bad the damage is.
“I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she don’t actually see the damage done to her. They ain’t letting her see her face. I can’t bear to look at her… it gets me too upset.”
Although there were rumors that the two girls were “best friends,” Jamoneisha’s mother, Ebony, said that the 12-year-old and her other friends actually bullied her daughter in the past.
“I was told that they didn’t like her. And they just been bullying her. They’ve been on Snapchat. It’s been going on several times. The girl admitted it, ‘I don’t like her, I wanted to do it’.”
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Meanwhile, authorities are urging parents to remind them of dangerous games found online and to monitor their activities. The “Hot Water Challenge” consists of one person throwing hot, boiling water on an unsuspecting victim. It’s gained popularity among children, but can result in severe injury and even death.
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