Mom Of 11-Year-Old Who Was Severely Injured In 'Hot Water Challenge' At Sleepover Speaks Out: 'I Want Justice'

"I want all that was involved to be brought to justice."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The mother of the 11-year-old "Hot Water Challenge" victim is speaking out. "I want justice for my daughter. I want all that was involved to be brought to justice," shared Ebony Merritt with ABC 7. 

Jamoneisha Merritt was reportedly burned after a friend poured hot water on her face as she was sleeping.

The incident took place at a sleepover in the Bronx last week. The victim suffered burns to her face, neck, shoulders and chest. Ebony says her daughter is recovering but asks for prayers of support from the public.

It's unclear what exactly caused the altercation. The "Hot Water Challenge" is a viral prank in which unsuspecting victims are doused with hot water. The victim's cousin says that the attack may have stemmed from an argument Jamoneisha had with the sleepover host. "Her and her friend got into an argument. She told her if she goes to sleep, they were gonna do something to her. So, it was like 3:00 in the morning so she went to sleep. The girl on tape says she boiled water and she threw it on her."

The 12-year-old assailant has been charged with felony assault. She has been charged as a juvenile, and the case will be handled in family court.

Ebony has set up a GoFundMe for her daughter.

[Photo: Family photo]

Related Stories

Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content. 

You May Also Like...
Recommended by Zergnet