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Charlotte's "Fire Challenge" Mom Arrested and Charged For Recording Son Burn

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It's hard to imagine a mom would let her son light himself on fire, let alone record the entire episode.

But that's exactly what happened this week and police say that landed a Charlotte mom in jail.

It's called the “fire challenge” where teens light themselves on fire and then post it to social media sites.

We went to that mom's house to try and find answers, and why she would let her son light himself on fire.

She didn't answer but the video shows you how dangerous this trend can be.

Charlotte Fire Department Captain Rob Brisley says “too many people can get burned.”

While these videos can spread like wildfire on social media, it can have detrimental effects. CMPD arrested a Charlotte mother this week for letting her son take part in the “fire challenge.”

Ernest Grant who works at the UNC Chapel Hill Burn Unit says “one of the ways is they are taking flammable substance such as nail polish remover, alcohol and hand sanitizer and pouring it and igniting it.”

“The problem has to do with the danger of fire. People don't realize how unpredictable even small amounts of fire can be,” says Brisley.

Police say the teen's mom recorded the entire episode.

Her 16-year-old son suffered burns to his cheek and neck.

“This is very dangerous. There is a report of at least one person in New York dying as a result from burns he suffered from attempting to this. People can be hospitalized,” says Brisley.

The teen even posted another video afterwards to warn others of the dangers.

The Charlotte Fire Department has come up with a Twitter hash tag #nofirechallenge so that more people don't post videos like this and end up in the hospital.

“It's frustrating and its behavior that doesn't need to happen. We in the fire department are already busy enough taking care of emergency situations,” says Brisley.

Firefighters say if you do see someone on fire make sure you stop, drop and roll.

Just in the last two weeks, doctors say three people have attempted to do the fire challenge in North Carolina and have suffered burns.

Facebook and YouTube have taken down some of these videos.

ORIGINAL

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged Janie Lachelle Talley with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile for participating in the “Fire Challenge” with her son.

The video of Talley's son spread like wildfire after it was posted to Facebook back in July. Authorities say she was there and knew what her son was doing as he poured fingernail polish remover on his body and lit himself on fire. Detectives investigating the incident say that Talley even facilitated the recording.

Detectives say the other spectators attempted to out the fire. The 16-year-old victim sustained minor burns to his chest and neck area. He even took to Facebook with a response video cautioning others against taking this challenge. However, the response video has been moved from Facebook.

Facebook has recognized the danger of this activity and has removed similar online videos from their site to avoid any copycats.
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