After a girl and her cousin watched a video on YouTube, the cousin dared the girl to drink boiling water, leading to her eventual demise.
Ki’ari Pope, 8, from Boynton Beach, Florida, died on July 31, five months after she was injured from drinking boiling water through a straw, the Sun Sentinel reported. When Ki’ari’s mother, 22-year-old Marquisia Bonner, was at a store, the little girl had complained to her mother’s partner at home that she was having trouble breathing, and just a few minutes later she became unconscious.
According to a report from the Florida Department of Children and Families, when Bonner returned home, the police had already arrived. “I knew there was something going on with my daughter,” she said.
Ki’ari was taken to the hospital and medics tried to resuscitate her for 40 minutes before she was pronounced dead, according to a report from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
One DCF report listed Ki’ari as “medically compromised” and said that her injuries were due to the boiling water she drank in March after her cousin dared her to.
The incident caused the need for an emergency surgery to clear scar tissue on Ki’ari’s windpipe, and it left the girl having trouble talking and breathing.
In addition to this incident, the authorities had also investigated at least nine other allegations of either child abuse or neglect since Ki’ari’s birth.
“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,” said Department Secretary, Mike Carroll, in a statement.
“We will also continue to work closely with law enforcement to support their continued efforts,” he added.
According to the report, the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of her death.