Cops: Girl Poured Boiling Water on Friend at Sleepover

11-year-old is hospitalized with severe burns
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2017 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's rough: Police in the Bronx say an 11-year-old girl suffered severe burns on her face and upper body after another girl at a sleepover poured boiling water on her while the victim was sleeping, reports the Daily News. Jamoneisha Merritt remains hospitalized with second-degree burns, while an unidentified 12-year-old has been charged with assault. There are mixed reports on a possible motive. The New York Post suggests it might be connected to a disturbing "hot water challenge" trend among kids, but NBC New York reports that it appears to have stemmed from an earlier argument.

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"Her and her friend got into an argument and she told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her," a cousin of the victim tells the TV station. Police say the assailant used a cup to pour the boiling water on Jamoneisha during the Sunday night slumber party. (In another awful story, an 8-year-old girl died after drinking boiling water through a straw on a dare.)

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