Jamoneisha Merritt Makes Remarkable Recovery
Jamoneisha Merritt, the 11-year-old girl who was scalded with boiling water while she slept at a slumber party, was released from the hospital on Friday (August 18) after an 11 day stay.
She was all smiles as she told the NY Daily News, “I’m so great. Now I’m dancing and listening to music.”
Initial photos of Jamoni’s second-degree burns over 85 percent of her face and shoulders were horrifying, but she’s healing beautifully and looking like her old self again – with that gorgeous smile.
Because of her injuries, she will have to miss the beginning of her 7th grade school year and be home-schooled.
Jamoneisha’s mother, Ebony Merritt, said, “Her arm is still raw it hasn’t healed yet … [and she] can’t go outside in the sun. It’s going to take maybe about six months for all her color to come back in.”
For the first time, Jamoni recalled what happened to her the night 12-year-old Aniya Grant Stuart poured boiling water on her.
“I didn’t know what they was gonna do but I felt tired,” Jamoni recalled. “So after I was dancing I just sat on the couch and I fell asleep.”
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She jolted awake feeling like her face was on fire.
“I was screaming because it burned, it burned, it burned, it burned,” she said.
Aniya’s mother applied ice to Jamoni and gave her a cold shower.
The girls offered a half-hearted apology and said it was an accident, Jamoni said.
They were saying stop yelling and buggin,” Jamoni recalled.
Aniya has been taken into custody and was charged with assault.
A GoFundMe has been set up if you would like to donate to help cover Jamoni’s medical costs.