Child pours boiling water on friend as part of social media challenge

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MANCHESTER, Ky. — Kentucky authorities say they’re filing charges against the mother of a child accused of pouring boiling water on an 11-year-old boy as a prank.

According to WYMT, Billy Oliver says a friend poured scalding water over him Tuesday while he was sleeping as part of the viral “Hot Water Challenge.”  Photos show Oliver at a hospital’s burn unit with second- and third-degree burns.

The friend’s mother, 42-year-old Angela Guth of Manchester, is accused of not seeking medical help for Oliver. She has been arrested.

Clay County Attorney Joe White says Guth is facing criminal abuse and endangerment charges. Clay County Sherriff’s spokesman Clifton Jones confirmed to the Lexington Herald-Leader the office is filing charges.

The “Hot Water Challenge” involves people drinking or pouring pour boiling water on themselves or someone else, often without their knowledge or consent.

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