In an act of unbelievable cruelty, a girl poured boiling water onto the face of an 11-year-old girl attending a Bronx sleepover, police sources said Wednesday.
So severe were Jamoneisha's injuries, the girl was rushed to Harlem Hospital where she remains in intensive care after suffering second degree burns to her face, neck and shoulders.
Her relatives said the pair had an argument before Jamoneisha went to bed and that the other girl threatened her not to fall asleep, saying she she would "do something".
Merritt was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition.
The girl's mother, Ebony Merritt, has talked to prosecutors about the felony criminal charges facing the 12-year-old attacker. "The girl on tape says she boiled water and she threw it on her", her cousin said. She told the news outlet that Stuart had bullied her daughter in the past, which is why she thinks the incident occurred. "But after she saw what she did to [Jamoneisha] was really wrong, she tried to kill herself".
"I'm going to cut your face, you f-ing b--!"
According to WPIX, the Merritt family is devastated. "My daughter was sleeping and Jamoni poured cold water on Aniya".
Though she's in good spirits, her family also told the outlet that she's a lot of physical and emotional pain. I could only be with her for a little bit, because I can't hold myself together.
Jamoneisha's friends were attempting to complete the challenge, which calls for youths to throw hot water on an unsuspecting person.
Ki'ari Pope and her cousin had apparently watched several videos on YouTube of people performing the so-called "hot water challenge" before the child severely burned her throat and died, CBS News reported. Children and teens seeing the fake challenge may not be aware of the lasting damage the boiling water can cause.