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Fire Challenge: Mom arrested for helping 16-year-old son set himself on fire

A fire challenge has gotten a mother placed in jail.
A fire challenge has gotten a mother placed in jail.
FOX 28 News

A mother in Charlotte has been arrested for letting her son participate in the "Fire Challenge," and actually helping him do it. The Charlotte Observer reported on Aug. 12, 2014, that the woman allowed her son to take part in the challenge where participants set themselves on fire and then post the videos on YouTube and a number of other social media sites.

41-year-old Janie Lachelle Talley has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. This is from allowing her 16-year-old son to take part in the "Fire Challenge" and set himself on fire as she watched.

The Inquisitr reported that Talley's teenage son poured fingernail polish all over himself at the end of July, and then set himself on fire.

A police report stated that "Talley was present and aware of what her son (was) doing and facilitated the recording" of the video. The result of the "Fire Challenge" caused minor burns to the chest and neck of the teenager.

People in the area put the fire on the teen out.

The Department of Social Services were notified of the situation of the July 29, 2014, incident and it brought about a police investigation a couple of days later. On Aug. 6, 2014, Youth Crimes detectives arrested Talley and has a trial for Oct. 2, 2014.

The "Fire Challenge" is just one of the most recent trends to make the rounds on social media, and it is one of the most dangerous. A large number of teenagers have been severely burned across the United States, and authorities are taking steps to stop it.

Police state that Facebook has agreed to remove the "Fire Challenge" videos from personal profiles and pages so that copycats can be avoided. It is the hope of the police that people will realize how dangerous the activity is and not attempt it.

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