Jamoneisha Merritt, who also goes by Jamoni, remaines hospitalized at Harlem Hospital. Suffering severe burns after being doused with boiling water while she was sleeping at a “friends” house.
Jamoneisha Merritt was with friends in the Bronx when the incident happened Sunday evening (Aug. 6). Merritt’s cousins tell reporters she got into an argument with her older friend before going to bed. “[ Aniya] told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her,” Yolanda Richardson said. Jamoneisha awoke to her skin burning and blisters over her face and shoulders after a pot of boiling water was thrown on her face.
Jamoneisha’s mother Ebony Merritt appeared outside the home of Shernett Panton and her 12-year-old daughter Aniya Grant Stuart, spewing obscenities and threats.
“I’m going to cut your face, you f—ing b—h!” Merritt screamed at Panton. “I’m going to burn your f—ing house down! You let this happen to my daughter!”
Ebony Merritt also said “She doesn’t understand why they did that to her. She thought they were her friends,” Merritt said. “I wasn’t told that they didn’t like her.”
Panton the mother of Aniya told reporters “They always prank each other, my daughter was sleeping and Jamoni poured cold water on her. My daughter was like, ‘OK, if you’re gonna do a prank on me, I’m gonna prank you back.’”
Aniya the 12-year-old who committed the act was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. She was so distraught by the injuries she inflicted on Jamoneisha that she tried to kill herself, according to Panton. She later said. “My daughter is 12. Everybody makes mistakes.”
She remained under a suicide watch at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital center after trying to stab herself with a knife, according to her mom.
Aniya’s mother later stated “I don’t know what she was thinking — boiling hot water and pouring it on Jamoni’s face.”
Despite suffering from second degree burns Jamoneisha is in good spirits but her mother is unsure of letting her child see her reflection until the wounds began to heal.
Merritt allegedly attacked Shawna on Monday (Aug. 7) by punching her in the face. Panton says her daughter has taken responsibility for the incident, but didn’t intent to harm her friend.