BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An 8-year-old Florida girl died Sunday night, five months after she was injured while drinking boiling water through a straw.
Ki’ari Pope complained to her mother’s boyfriend late Sunday that she couldn’t breathe, according to the Sun Sentinel. She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead around an hour later.
The girl had been having medical complications since March when her cousin dared her to drink water from a straw. They got the idea after watching a YouTube video, the girl’s mother, 22-year-old Marquisia Bonner said.
The 8-year-old had a tracheotomy to clear scar tissue, which left her with trouble talking and breathing.
Records released by the Department of Children and Families say she burned her mouth and throat during the dare and listed her as being “medically compromised,” the Palm Beach Post reports. In addition, state authorities say Ki’ari has been involved in at least nine other allegations of child abuse or neglect since her birth.
The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.