When an argument started at a sleepover, the two girls involved didn’t just turn away from each other and fume in their separate sleeping bags. Instead an 11-year-old girl was horrifically burned when the other girl, 12, poured boiling water all over her as she slept. On Monday, Jamoneisha Merritt, 11, went to her friend’s house in Harlem, New York for a sleep over. She got into an argument with the friend, but eventually went to sleep.
As Jamoneisha was sleeping, the other girl, 12, brought over a container of boiling water and splashed the girl on her face, neck and chest. Jamoneisha awoke screaming in pain and had to be rushed to the hospital. Since then, the other girl was arrested and charged with assault.
Although they had an argument, Jamoneisha thought she could trust the other girl enough to go to sleep. So she turned in for the night. But she was awoken with the scalding heat of boiling water after her assailant threw it onto her.
Now Jamoneisha is in the hospital, recovering from second-degree burns. The other girl is currently in a holding cell.
The 11-year-old girl now has skin missing and her face, shoulders and back are burned severely. Because her family wanted others to know what she had suffered, they shared images of her burned face with NBC New York.
The victim was attacked while she slept at a friend’s family home. Relatives remember the pair getting into an argument, but it quieted down and Jamoneisha went to bed. But the other girl had threatened Jamoneisha not to go to sleep. She said that if she did, she would “do something” to make her regret it – at least one other girl was there watching as the friend poured boiling water over the 11-year-old.
But Jamoneisha couldn’t keep her eyes open any longer. She had to get to sleep. So she closed her eyes and drifted off to dream land…
She was awoken with the tingling and burning sensation. The 12-year-old assailant poured boiling water over her from a cup.
The 11-year-old awoke screaming and crying. She was in terrible pain and had trusted her friend more than that.
“She said she was screaming that it was burning,” her cousin Yolanda Richardson said.
The 12-year-old girl was charged with assault. More details on her and what kind of punishment she will face to come.
Jamoneisha was at her friend’s house at Findlay Avenue and East 166th Street.
Yolanda added, “Her and her friend got into an argument and she told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her.”
Right now the pre-teen is suffering. She has a lot of pain and is emotionally scarred by the attack.
The photos the family shared only show a portion of the suffering Jamoneisha endured.
“I could only be with her for a little bit, because I can’t hold myself together,” Yolanda said. “I don’t want her to see me cry.”