11-year-old Girl Doused in Boiling Water at Sleepover; Mother Blames Online Challenge

Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, went to sleep Sunday night, near another young girl she believed to be her friend. Now Jamoneisha doesn’t know what her own reflection looks like anymore.

Her shoulders and neck are scarred and bulbous. In one photo from a hospital bed, Jamoneisha’s eyes are shut, her face pink from a layer of skin vaporized by scalding water.

She’s still beautiful to her mother.

Jamoneisha was allegedly attacked by another girl at the sleepover in the Bronx with a cup of boiling water, her mother Ebony Merritt said to local media stations.

Merritt told NY1 that her daughter, whom she affectionately calls “Monie,” was wounded not just physically but emotionally after the 12-year-old poured the water over Jamoneisha as she slept. Now she is recovering in serious but stable condition, according to police.

Merritt told local media Jamoneisha is not ready to see the full extent of her potentially lifelong injuries, so she has limited her daughter’s ability to look at herself.

A New York Police Department statement released to The Washington Post said the 12-year-old girl was arrested Monday night and charged with second-degree assault.

“She don’t understand why they did that to her. She thought they was her friends,” Merritt told the station. “I was told that they didn’t like her. And they just been bullying her.” Merritt also took to Facebook to tell other parents to discourage children about following social media challenges.

It was not immediately clear if the alleged attacker told police she was inspired by Internet videos.

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SOURCE: Alex Horton
The Washington Post