You may have heard of traditional sleepover pranks, but this would probably be the last to cross your mind.
As reported by NBC 4, Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, attended a sleepover in the Bronx and left with second-degree burns to the face.
An argument transpired with an another girl beforehand, and Merritt was told not to sleep, according to Jamoneisha’s cousin, Yolanda Richardson.
“She told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her,” Richardson told the station.
Merritt woke up to severe burning of the chest and face after boiling water was poured on her while she slept. The victim was rushed to Harlem Hospital’s burn unit and is now in stable condition.
As for the ‘older’ 12-year-old girl, she has been charged with assault. But wait, there’s more—she tried to kill herself because of the act.
“My daughter tried to stab herself with a knife,” said her mother Shernett Panton, 34, on Thursday. “It was a prank — not a good prank. But after she saw what she did to (Jamoneisha) was really wrong, she tried to kill herself.”
According to Panton, the girl she knew as Jamoni was a friend of her daughter Aniya and basically moved into their apartment about a month ago.
“They always prank each other,” said Panton. “My daughter was sleeping and Jamoni poured cold water on Aniya. My daughter was like, ‘OK, if you’re gonna do a prank on me, I’m gonna prank you back.’
“But my daughter — I don’t know what she was thinking — boiled hot water and poured it on Jamoni’s face.”
Panton was sleeping around 4 a.m. when the bizarre incident occurred as Jamoni slept on a couch in the family living room.
The girl was rushed to Harlem Hospital for treatment of the burns. The Rev. Robert Rice prayed with the burn victim, her mother and her grandmother in the girl’s hospital room.
“She’s doing fine, she’s strong,” said Rice. “Her spirit is strong. I gave her a hug, and she’s smiling.”
Aniya was under a suicide watch at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center after trying to stab herself with a knife, according to her mom.
“What she did was really wrong, but it’s too much right now,” said Panton, 34. “My daughter is 12. Everybody makes mistakes.”
After Panton told The News that the Merritts were threatening her family every day, Ebony Merritt appeared outside the clan’s Findlay Ave. apartment and launched into an expletive-laden tirade.
The police were called to the scene to speak with Merritt and defuse the situation.
Thankfully, she’s okay.