A 12-year-old girl was arrested and charged with assault after a weird attack at a sleepover party in a Bronx apartment that left an 11-year-old girl with second-degree burns to her face and upper body. Police say a 12-year-old girl at the sleepover boiled water and then poured it on Merritt while she slept on a couch.
And in the Bronx, an 11-year-old named Jamoneish Merritt was hospitalized with burns on her face and body so bad that doctors won't even let her look at them.
Jamoneisha's family has created a GoFundMe for her hospital bills and counseling sessions.
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According to Merritt, there had been other incidents of the girl bullying Jamoneisha before she invited her to the sleepover.
Other relatives described Jamoneisha as a "caring" and "kindhearted" little girl. "She saw her face, shes okay with it. Shes still traumatized but she's doing better", she said. "I don't want her to see me cry".
She said her daughter is "confused" and "upset" by the attack and that she thought they were her friends. Her mother says that the girl is in both physical and emotional pain. "You can't be around her and be sad", her cousin, Starshanae Nixon, told NBC4. "Now I'm getting text messages from her nieces or maybe her cousins", Shawna, 14, said. In other variations, people willingly try to consume boiling water, police sources said.
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Although New York police have said there is "no indication [Merritt's case] was a hot water challenge", the victim's mother posted a warning on Facebook after her daughter was hospitalized, asking parents to be responsible and make sure their kids don't carry out risky challenges they see on social media. She said their relationship concerned her and hesitated before sending her daughter to the sleepover. She was sleeping when a 12-year-old girl allegedly threw boiling hot water in her face, which jolted her awake to suffer in agony.
Jamoneisha remains in the intensive care unit at Harlem Hospital Center. An 8-year-old cousin dared her to do it after reportedly seeing someone do it on YouTube. Her mother, Marquisia Bonner, said Ki'ari had problems breathing after a tracheotomy removed scar tissue from her windpipe. She's now in stable condition.
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