Kids Are Burning Each Other With Boiling Water In Latest YouTube Trend

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Kids are participating in a dangerous social media trend called the "Hot Water Challenge," which prompts them to drink or pour boiling hot water onto others.

On Monday, Jamoneisha Merritt, an 11-year-old girl from the Bronx, was burnt and possibly disfigured when her friends threw boiling hot water on her during a sleepover, NY1 reported.

She suffered injuries on her face and chest.

Merritt is just the latest case in a string of what is called the "Hot Water Challenge," which is being passed around social media platforms like YouTube or Twitter.

In the challenge, kids dangerously play with hot water, like drinking it through a straw or pouring it on an unsuspecting friend, Time reported.

In the videos, "hot" water is thrown on a victim, or a victim drinks it, and they writhe around in pain, according to Mic. Then, burns are shown, which seems to be going against YouTube's terms of removing videos with graphic content. 

Other incidents involving the trend include a 10-year-old boy from North Carolina named Wesley Smith, who received burns after trying the challenge with his brother. Another, Ki'ari Pope, an 8-year-old from Florida, died when her cousin challenged her to drink boiling water through a straw, which burned her throat and affected her breathing.

Now, parents are warning others to not let their children partake in the challenge.

"Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges," Diane Johnson, Pope's aunt, told CBS 12. "Don't just give them your phone and let them go by. Watch what they are doing."

Johnson and Pope's family have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Pope's funeral. 

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