A 12-year-old girl responsible for the attack of pouring boiling water on a friend as a preteen prank has tried to kill herself over the incident, according to her mother.
The victim, 11-year-old Jamoneisha Merrit, was sleeping at the house of tween friend, Aniya Grant Stuart, when she woke up in agony after being doused by boiling water.
According to New York Daily News the mother of Grant, Shernett Panton, confessed that Aniya tried to commit suicide using a knife once she realized the severity of what she did.
“My daughter tried to stab herself with a knife…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.”
The burned girl’s mother allegedly choked 12-year-old Aniya Grant Stuart over the incident, and the angry parent appeared Thursday morning spewing threats outside the Panton apartment.
“I’m going to cut your face, you f—ing b—-!” Ebony Merritt screamed at Panton. “I’m going to burn your f—ing house down! You let this happen to my daughter!”
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.’
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 where Rev. Robert Rice came to pray 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.”
Prayers both girls get the healing and help they need…