NEW YORK — A 12-year-old girl threw boiling water onto the face of an 11-year-old girl attending a Bronx sleepover, according to police reports.
The victim, Jamoneisha Merritt, suffered second-degree burns to her face and shoulders in the attack that took place early Monday at a home on Findlay Ave. near E. 166th St. in East Concourse.
Jamoneisha was warned by the girl not to fall asleep, and she awoke to her face and chest burning. First responders rushed her to Harlem Hospital’s burn unit, according to an NBC 4 report.
The 12-year-old girl was charged with assault later that day.
Jamoneisha’s cousin, Yolanda Richardson, told reporters that she and the older girl had been bickering.
“She told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her,” Richardson said.
Jamoneisha’s family won’t yet show the girl how badly her face is burned.
Last week, a little girl from Florida died months after she suffered injuries from drinking boiling water out of a straw. The girl, who is from Boynton Beach, drank the water on a dare.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the 8-year-old girl told her mother’s lover late Sunday she couldn’t breathe. Minutes later she was unresponsive and 911 was called. Upon arriving to a nearby hospital she was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Monday morning.
The young girl was identified as Ki’ari Pope.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for her funeral expenses, Ki’ari received a tracheotomy, an incision in the windpipe that reportedly left her deaf and with chronic respiratory problems.
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