March 21, 2018

NC boy suffers severe burns after attempting 'hot water challenge'

12 August 2017, 01:49 | Rodolfo Wallace



One video from 2014 shows a young man placing his hand in a pot of boiling water and has almost three million views.

Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, suffered second-degree burns after the unsafe prank went wrong What exactly is the Hot Water Challenge?

The mother of 11-year-old Jamoneisha Merritt says Jamoneisha had hot water poured on her after she fell asleep at a party at a friend's house on Findlay Avenue in the Bronx on Monday. "HOOOT!" and a few from earlier this year showing kids putting their hands under very hot tap water, but nearly none with boiling water - and, significantly, none with more than a handful of views.

According to reports, Jamoneisha was so badly burned, doctors have made a decision to not show her the injuries she's sustained.

The foolish game appears to have been responsible for a number of children receiving severe burns and potentially the death of an eight-year-old girl.

Last week, an 11-year-old girl was at a friend's house for a sleepover in the Bronx borough of NY, when the joyous event turned grave.

Police say the 12-year-old girl has been charged with felony assault for leaving Jamoneisha Merritt with second-degree burns to her face, neck, shoulders and chest. Another, Ki'ari Pope, an 8-year-old from Florida, died when her cousin challenged her to drink boiling water through a straw, which burned her throat and affected her breathing.

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She was treated in a hospital in Florida after the incident, undergoing a tracheotomy, an incision in her windpipe, but suffered ongoing respiratory problems and passed away shortly afterwards.

The girl's aunt Diane Johnson told local media: "Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges".

And know how your kids are using this technology, how they're consuming it, and what it's doing to them in terms of attitude changes.

Has the craze reached the UK?

According to Panton, the burns from the hot water resulted from the girls pranking one another.

Why are these videos still on YouTube?

Most do not show the after effects but some do post follow-up footage of victims having suffered scarring.

What have health experts said and have warnings been put out about it? And make sure they know how unsafe boiling water is. It's unlikely high schools in America will need to ban hot water anytime soon.

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