During a sleepover in the Bronx, New York a girl poured boiling water on the face and chest of another girl. Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, had gone over to a friend’s house for a sleepover and got into an argument with another girl. The boiling water caused second-degree burns to Jamoneisha’s shoulders and face.
Jamoneisha was rushed to the hospital, and the 12-year-old girl who doused her with the water has been charged with assault. According to reports, Jamoneisha had been sleeping when the water was poured on her upper body.
Jamoneisha is in the intensive care unit and according to the family does not know the extent of her injuries. As you can see in the picture, the color of her skin has changed where the water burned her.
NY1 reports that the police are planning to make the charge against the 12-year-old a felony. There was an adult in the house at the time of the incident, but it is not known if the adult was aware of the problem Jamoneisha was having with the other girl.
Jamoneisha’s mother, Ebony Merritt, says her daughter was the victim of bullying and the incident has deeply affected her.
Others are speculating that Jamoneisha was the victim of the “hot water challenge” that has one person pour boiling water on a sleeping person to wake them up.