NEW YORK — New York City police say a 12-year-old girl poured boiling water on another girl during a sleepover, leaving her with severe burns.
Police say the girl has been charged with assault in the Monday attack that left an 11-year-old with second-degree burns to her face, shoulders, neck and chest.
According to police, Jamoneisha Merritt was at a friend's home in the Bronx when the 12-year-old girl at the sleepover boiled water and then poured it on Merritt while she slept on a couch.
Merritt was taken to Harlem Hospital in serious but stable condition.
WPIX reports that Merritt's family is devastated. They said her burns are so bad, they are life-changing and doctors and family members don't want the child to see herself yet.
"Her and her friend got into an argument and she told her if she go to sleep, they were going to do something to her," Merritt's cousin said. "She said she was screaming that she was burning."
A so-called "hot water challenge" has been proliferating online, apparently pushing people to boil water and toss the scalding liquid on unsuspecting victims.
Last week, an 8-year-old girl in Florida died from her injuries five months after she drank boiling water through a straw on a dare.