Horrific Details About 11-Year-Old Girl Invited To Sleepover By Her Bully Who Poured Boiling Water On Her Face When She Fell Asleep

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"She thought they was her friends."

On Aug. 7, Jamoneisha Merrit was doing what most 11-year-old girls like do during summer vacation — having a sleepover with her friends. 

But her mother said one of the girls waited until Jamoneisha fell asleep, boiled water and filled a cup with it. The 12-year-old girl then woke the sleeping girl up by dumping the cup of boiling hot water on her face. She suffered burns to her face, chest, back, and shoulders that doctors said were so severe they're not letting her look in a mirror. 

Though one of Jamoneisha's cousins said the girl, who has been charged with felony assault, and Jamoneisha were best friends her mother said she was a victim of bullying. 

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“I was told that they didn’t like her," Ebony Merritt told NY1.  "And they just been bullying her. They’ve been on Snapchat. It’s been going on several times. The girl admitted it. ‘I don’t like her. I wanted to do it.'”

According to Merritt, there had been other incidents of the girl bullying Jamoneisha before she invited her to the sleepover.

“She’s very sad," Ebony said of her daughter. "She’s emotionally messed up. She don’t understand why they did that to her. She thought they was her friends.” 

NY1 reported that the mother said the assault was a part of a trend called the "Hot Water Challenge." On Facebook, Ebony posted that her daughter was in the ICU, and when her friends asked her what happened, she commented, "Her friends wanted to play the hot water challenge and that's what happened." 

Later she posted, "Attention : y'all parents need to be on y'all kids about not doing these stupid a-- challenges they see on Fb!! And some of y'all big a--es is old enough to f--king no better .....and no I'm not watching my month this news just got me tight......" 

Just one Google search, and you'll find that the challenge is to dump boiling hot water on an unsuspecting person and upload the video to YouTube. In other instances, people have tried to drink boiling water through a straw, which is what killed 8-year-old Ki’ari Pope a few weeks ago. 

In March, she was dared by her cousin to drink the boiling water and burned her mouth and throat. She received a tracheotomy that “caused her to have chronic respiratory problems” and rendered her “unable to talk.” On July 31, she told her parents she couldn't breathe and fell unconscious. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she died after midnight. 

Another 10-year-old boy suffered severe burns last year trying to replicate the challenge videos — where people dump hot water on themselves —with his cousin. Those are often deemed to be fake by YouTube commenters. 

Though it's not clear if Jamoneisha's attack was bullying, a YouTube challenge or some horrible combination of both, her family says she's still tragically unaware of the damage that's been done. 

“I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she don’t actually see the damage done to her,” said her uncle, Eugene Dalmida. “They ain’t letting her see her face. I can’t bear to look at her… It gets me too upset.”

Loved ones describe her as a kindhearted and caring little girl. 

"I could only be with her for a little bit because I can't hold myself together, I don't want her to see me cry or anything, so like when I was there, it was just talking," said her cousin, Yolanda Richardson. "We wasn't talking about the incident. We was talking about something different - try to take her mind off of that." 

Another cousin said the girl was still in good spirits. 

"She seemed to still have the same energy like nothing ain't change her," said Starshanae Nixon. "She's still smiling, joking. laughing, yeah she's doing good though." 

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