Bronx girl doused with boiling water during sleepover is back home

Lester Mason
August 19, 2017

An 11-year-old girl who suffered horrific burns after a friend poured boiling water on her during a sleepover has made an incredible recovery.

Jamoneisha said she is feeling "so great", but her road to recovery will be a long one.

The bubbly middle-schooler will likely miss the start of her 7th grade classes and require home-schooling, her mother said.

"Her arm is still raw it hasn't healed yet".

Her mother told NY1 that her daughter is in a lot of pain, not only physical pain, but emotional pain too.

A friend doused her with scalding water in an apparent prank-gone-wrong-a replica of the so-called "Hot Water Challenge" spreading on YouTube.

The child awoke in searing pain August 7 when her so-called friends doused her in boiling water during the "hot water challenge" - a twisted fad in which mostly unsuspecting people are video-taped while scalding water is poured on them.

Jamoneisha woke when the burning water hit her face, back, shoulders, neck and chest.

A 12-year-old was taken into custody following the incident.

The case was immediately turned over to Family Court because Aniya is a minor.

Aniya was said to have sliced open her wrist in a failed suicide attempt following the incident.

Jamoneisha'Jamoni Merritt suffered burns to 85 per cent of her face
Jamoneisha'Jamoni Merritt suffered burns to 85 per cent of her face

Jamoneisha was sleeping when the friend poured the boiling water on her.

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"I didn't know what they was gonna do but I felt exhausted", Jamoni recalled.

A NY girl who was severely burned after another girl poured boiling water on her face while she was sleeping is making a nice recovery, her mother said Friday.

The girls offered a half-hearted apology and said it was an accident, Jamoni said. "They were saying, stop yelling and bugging", Jamoni recalled of what the other girls told her.

Panton told New York Daily News her daughter was retaliating after Jamoneisha threw cold water on her earlier in the day.

Jamoneisha's relatives said she was a "kindhearted" girl who thought the others at the sleepover were her friends.

"This happened at 4am. but they didn't come to my house until 5:30".

She claimed Ms Panton helped Aniya and her friends to "cover their tracks" after the incident and called for them all to be arrested, telling New York Daily News: "The mother is just as involved as the other kids".

"She needs some semblance of justice for those scars", Prestia said. And they just been bullying her, ' Merrit told Spectrum News 1.

Jamoneisha Merritt told the New York Daily News, "I'm so great", upon being released from the hospital and returning home. My daughter was like, "OK, if you're going to do a prank on me, I'm going to prank you back", she said. She's in good spirits, ' Meritt wrote in the caption.

More than $22,000 has been raised for Jamoneisha's ongoing medical costs through a GoFundMe page.


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