Mother charged after son sets himself on fire for Facebook video

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:42am EDT

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WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina woman is accused of helping record her teenage son set himself on fire after he doused his body with fingernail polish as part of a social media stunt, police said.

Janie Lachelle Talley, 41, watched as her 16-year-old son attempted to complete a "fire challenge" video for Facebook on July 29, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said on Monday. The boy suffered minor burns on his chest and neck.

The video showed others put out the fire.

"The mother of the victim was present and aware of what her son doing and facilitated the recording," a police statement said.

Police arrested Talley on Aug. 6 and charged her with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to the statement.

The "fire challenge" has been spreading on social media with people pouring flammable liquid on themselves, lighting it, trying to quickly extinguish the fire and then posting a video online.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Bill Trott)

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gregbrew56 wrote:
We can only hope that the rest of the folks that are doing the “fire challenge” have not reproduced yet. We don’t need that level of stupid in the gene pool.

As for Janie Talley? Missed one. Too bad.

Aug 12, 2014 10:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
EastBerlin wrote:
Dumb and dumber. Their are so many programs that show stupid things
some people do and as a result, those that are even dumber try to
out-do the stupid. So sad.

Aug 12, 2014 5:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gornisht wrote:
The biggest threat to American survival, is their stupidity!

Aug 13, 2014 7:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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