A Charlotte mom's 'Fire Challenge' arrest has outraged many parents because police say the mom allowed her son to drench his body with fingernail polish then set himself on fire. The act was done as part of a challenge to gain popularity on social networks, police said. According to a report from The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 11, the irresponsible mom was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Janie Lachelle Talley, 41, watched her 16-year-old son as he prepared to make a 'Fire Challenge' video to post on Facebook on July 29, said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Monday.
"The mother of the victim was present and aware of what her son was doing and facilitated the recording,” police said in a statement.
An investigation by the Social Services and detectives of Youth Crimes determined that Talley was fully aware of the incident and even assisted in the recording. As a result of the act, the teenager suffered minor burns to his chest and neck.
To those unfamiliar as to what exactly the 'Fire Challenge' entails, The New York Daily News sums it up with the following statement: "The point of the challenge is to spray a small amount of flammable liquid like alcohol or perfume on an area of the body and light it on fire for a few moments."
The 'Fire Challenge' has quickly spread on social media media networks. However, Public health and law enforcement agencies across the nation strongly warn against it, saying it has severely burned several teens across the U.S.