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Bronx girl arrested for pouring boiling water on friend

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  • Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, was attacked on Monday night at her friend's home
  • A 12-year-old girl threw boiling water onto her face, neck and chest as she slept
  • The girl was arrested and charged with assault in The Bronx, New York 
  • The pair had an argument before Jamoneisha went to sleep 

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 07:24 EDT, 10 August 2017 | Updated: 09:44 EDT, 10 August 2017

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These are the excruciating injuries of an 11-year-old girl who had boiling water poured over her by a friend at a sleepover as part of a sick Facebook trend. 

Jamoneisha Merritt is in hospital in Harlem, New York, with second degree burns and her 12-year-old attacker has been arrested. 

Jamoneisha's face, shoulders and back are severely burned and have skin missing. 

The girl's family say the pair were best friends and that the 12-year-old was carrying out the 'hot water challenge', a worrying social media prank which involves tossing scalding water on an unsuspecting victim. 

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Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, is in hospital with second degree burns after having boiling water poured over her as she slept by a friend at a sleepover
Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, is in hospital with second degree burns after having boiling water poured over her as she slept by a friend at a sleepover

Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, is in hospital with second degree burns after having boiling water poured over her as she slept by a friend at a sleepover

Jamoneisha was asleep when she had the water thrown on her at her friend's home in The Bronx on Monday night.   

According to her mother Ebony, the attacker waited until she went to sleep then boiled water and filled a cup with it. 

Jamoneisha's mother shared this photograph online to warn other children of how dangerous the prank can be
Jamoneisha's mother shared this photograph online to warn other children of how dangerous the prank can be

Jamoneisha's mother shared this photograph online to warn other children of how dangerous the prank can be

She poured it on Jamoneisha's head, neck, face and chest. 

She sat up suddenly, screaming and crying, and was taken to hospital. 

'Her friends wanted to play the hot water challenge and that's what happened,' Ebony said on social media, sharing a photograph of her little girl screaming in agony as doctors tried to treat her burns. 

Jamoneisha remains in the intensive care unit at Harlem Hospital Center. 

Her mother shared photographs of her injuries online in an attempt to show children how dangerous the prank is.

'I can't take it down. I need for these kids to know how serious this is,' she said. 

Other relatives described Jamoneisha as a 'caring' and 'kindhearted' little girl.  

Jamoneisha's mother said the other children had been bullying her daughter and that they often picked on her. 

Jamoneisha's relatives said she was a 'kindhearted' girl who thought the others at the sleepover were her friends . She is pictured with family (left) and on her first day of 6th grade (right) in September
Jamoneisha's relatives said she was a 'kindhearted' girl who thought the others at the sleepover were her friends . She is pictured with family (left) and on her first day of 6th grade (right) in September
Jamoneisha's relatives said she was a 'kindhearted' girl who thought the others at the sleepover were her friends . She is pictured with family (left) and on her first day of 6th grade (right) in September
Jamoneisha's relatives said she was a 'kindhearted' girl who thought the others at the sleepover were her friends . She is pictured with family (left) and on her first day of 6th grade (right) in September

Jamoneisha's relatives said she was a 'kindhearted' girl who thought the others at the sleepover were her friends . She is pictured before the attack

She said her daughter is 'confused' and 'upset' by the attack and that she thought they were her friends. 

'She's very sad. She's emotionally messed up. She don't understand why they did that to her. She thought they was her friends. 

'I was told that they didn't like her. And they just been bullying her,' she told Spectrum News 1.  

The prank is a variation of a similar trend which saw another girl, 11, die after drinking boiling water through a straw. 

Eight-year-old Ki'ari Pope died earlier this month after copying a video of others doing the same.  

The 11-year-old is still receiving care in the burns unit at Harlem Hospital in New York 
The 11-year-old is still receiving care in the burns unit at Harlem Hospital in New York 

The 11-year-old is still receiving care in the burns unit at Harlem Hospital in New York 

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