Florida girl, 8, dies after drinking boiling water through straw on dare

YouTube video sparked dare, girl's mother says

Ki'ari Pope.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - An 8-year-old Florida girl has died five months after she was injured while drinking boiling water through a straw on a dare.

Ki'ari Pope started having trouble breathing Sunday night. She told her mother's boyfriend, who called 911. She was taken to a hospital where she died.

Marquisia Bonner, the child's 22-year-old mother, said Ki'ari had suffered complications since March when she took the dare from her cousin after they watched a YouTube video in which someone appeared to drink boiling water from a straw.

Ki'ari had emergency surgery on her windpipe to clear scar tissue.

Bonner said a tracheotomy left her with trouble breathing and talking.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

 

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