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According to police, Jamoneisha Merritt was at a friend's home in the Bronx when the 12-year-old girl at the sleepover boiled water and then poured it on Merritt while she slept on a couch.

Graphic Image. #Exclusive #NYC Girl Jamoneisha Merritt latest victim of #hotwaterchallenge.

"My daughter tried to stab herself with a knife", said mom Shernett Panton, 34, on Thursday. She awoke to her face and chest burning.

Eugene Dalmida, 52, said: "I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she don't actually see the damage done to her".

The young victim has yet to see the burns on her face, because her family isn't ready to show her yet. 'I'm going to burn your f-ing house down!

A cousin of Jamoneisha told police her cousin and the older girl were arguing before the incident, although the cause of the argument was not immediately clear. "I can't bear to look at her... it gets me too upset". "My daughter is 12".

While Aniya and her mother now insist that the 'incident' was a mistake and a terrible incident gone prank, Jamoneisha's cousin, Yolanda Richardson offered a different take.

"She told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her", Richardson told the station. Now a #NYC girl is in the burn unit.

She added that her daughter had previously been bullied by the girl who attacked her before inviting Jamoneisha to the party Sunday night.

Told Panton via news12.com, 'they were always pranking each other'. I could only be with her for a little bit, because I can't hold myself together. Ebony Merritt screamed at Panton. The harmful combination of bullying and damaging social media influences led to the traumatization of one girl and felony assault charges for the girl who poured the boiling water.


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