An 8 year old girl who had drunk boiling water in March this year, after being prodded has reportedly died. She had reportedly drunk the boiling water from a straw.
The child who has been identified as Ki’ari Pope, of Boynton Beach, Fla., reportedly told her mother’s boyfriend that she was unable to breath. The girl reportedly died the same evening.
Her mother, Marquisia Bonner, had earlier said that her daughter, Ki’ari Pope, had to undergo a surgery, tracheotomy , an incision in the windpipe after she drank the boiling water.
Her mother said that following the surgery, the child stopped hearing and became completely deaf. She also developed serious respiratory problems too.
Reports suggest that the girl was with other children of her age. They all were watching Youtube videos, when the little girl reportedly saw a “boiling water challenge,” the child who tried to imitate and follow the challenge burned her mouth and throat after her cousin dared her to drink the water.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the 8-year-old Boynton Beach resident’s death. Reports suggest that Riviera police learned about the dare after the girl was taken to a hospital for her injuries. But authorities who contacted Riviera police referred not to the dare but of suspicions “of another matter,” according to authorities. Police would not specify the nature of that matter, beyond saying the allegations were unfounded.
Reports suggest that authorities investigated the boiling water incident, as well as nine other allegations of abuse and neglect involving the girl, some of which occurred within the last seven months. At least one of the investigations turned up proof of either abuse or neglect.
Department of Children and Families secretary Mike Carroll says, “The loss of this child is truly devastating and our condolences go out to all those who loved her…We have opened a child death investigation to examine the circumstances surrounding her death and will deploy a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team to review all interactions this family has had with Florida’s child welfare system.”