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If you were to witness how bad the burn that 11-year-old Billy Oliver from Clay County, Florida, suffered, you would absolutely empathize with the nightmare that his mother is living.
Recently, a deadly challenge called “Hot Water Challenge” has surged among teenagers, involving people drinking or pouring boiling water on themselves or someone else. We don’t know what’s funny about it, but we know one boy has become a victim of this absurd game—Billy Oliver.
Oliver told WYMT-TV that a friend performed the viral challenge by pouring scalding water on him on Tuesday, July 23, while he was sleeping at the friend’s house. His clothes were off.
The boy has been treated at the Cincinnati Burn Center with second and third-degree burns.
“It was a ten. On a zero to ten scale of how bad it hurt, it was a ten,” said Billy Oliver.
The friend’s mother, 42-year-old Angela Guth of Manchester, is accused of not seeking medical help for Oliver and has been arrested.
Clay County Attorney Joe White says Guth is facing criminal abuse and endangerment charges. Clay County Sherriff’s spokesman Clifton Jones confirmed to the Lexington Herald-Leader the office is filing charges.
Billy’s mother, Patricia Oliver, has not awoken from the tragedy. She wrote on Facebook: “My child … went to sleep and woke with his friend throwing boiling water on him laughing while my child fit to get his clothes off. … While my child slept, he boiled water and poured on my sleeping baby.”
Patricia is asking parents to educate their children on what can happen with this challenge and hopes to explain to others of the danger of it as well.
“Education is the only thing we can do right now. The parents need to speak; you need to talk with your child. My child had stayed many a night with this boy, and I never would have put him in danger, but it’s a challenge you know,” said Patricia Oliver. “It’s a challenge, guys, these challenges are deadly, they’re dangerous. It’s not what you want to wake up to.”
For Oliver, he could go home as early as Friday if his skin continues to heal, WYMT reported.