Child sent to burn unit after having hot water poured on her in the Bronx

An 11-year-old Bronx girl was badly burned after her friends poured boiling water on her face during a sleepover early Monday morning.

Jamoneisha Merritt has burns to her face, neck, shoulders and chest.

She was sleeping, but was jolted awake by a burning sensation.

This was apparently part of a "game" called the "hot water challenge" in which an unsuspecting victim has hot water thrown on them.

Merritt's mother, Ebony, says her daughter is in a lot of pain both physically and emotionally and that they are not letting her look at her injuries yet.

"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," Ebony Merritt said. "I was told that they didn't like her. 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.'"

There was an adult in the home at the time.

A 12-year-old girl is being charged with felony assault.

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