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Police: 12-year-old poured boiling water on NYC girl's face

Posted August 10
Updated 12:54 p.m. Friday

— New York City police say a 12-year-old girl poured boiling water on another girl during a sleepover, leaving her with severe burns.

Police say the girl has been charged with assault in the Monday attack that left an 11-year-old with second-degree burns to her face, shoulders, neck and chest.

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.

Merritt was taken to Harlem Hospital in serious but stable condition.


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  • Wayne R. Douglas Aug 12, 3:18 a.m.
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    It's pretty easy to see the JHR in this picture.

  • Melissa Phillips Aug 11, 4:36 p.m.
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    Always the token racist that has to comment. SMH.

  • Pete Knowles Aug 11, 1:14 p.m.
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    Wayne Douglas, what does that mean? WRAL should delete your comment.

  • Marcia Maloney Aug 11, 12:23 p.m.
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    Sounds to me like this whole thing was planned and she did this intentionally. She obviously had something against this 11 y o.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Aug 11, 6:22 a.m.
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    You mean they don't want to classify water as a deadly weapon? smh