NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police say a 12-year-old girl poured boiling water on another girl during a sleepover, leaving her with severe burns.

Police say the girl has been charged with assault in the Monday attack that left an 11-year-old with second-degree burns to her face, shoulders, neck and chest. 

Lawrene Merritt says her niece Jamoneisha Merritt has not been given a mirror to look at the severe damage done to her skin. She remains in stable condition at Harlem Hospital. 

According to police, Jamoneisha was at a friend's home in the Bronx when the 12-year-old girl at the sleepover boiled water and then poured it on her while she slept on a couch.

Investigators are looking into whether this crime was inspired by an apparent social media trend dubbed the "hot water challenge." It involves sick stunts where unsuspecting victims get hot water thrown at them. 

Eight-year-old Ki'ari Pope from Florida died after apparently taking part in what may have been a variation on the craze by drinking boiling water as part of a dare with another child. 

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