An eight-year-old girl in Florida died months after she was injured from drinking boiling water through a straw after her cousin dared her to.
Ki’ari Pope, eight, of Boyton Beach, complained to her mother’s boyfriend that she couldn’t breathe on Sunday night. Minutes later she was unresponsive.
Pope was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead at 12.15am.
Pope’s mother, Marquisia Bonner, says the little girl was dared to drink the boiling water by her cousin in March.
Ki’ari received a tracheotomy that left her deaf and with chronic respiratory problems according to the Palm Beach Post.
Florida Department of Children and Families records called her ‘medically compromised.’
State authorities investigated that March incident and at least nine other accusations of either abuse or neglect involving the girl since her birth.
‘The loss of this child is truly devastating and our condolences go out to all those who loved her,’ Department Secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement Wednesday.
‘We have opened a child death investigation to examine the circumstances surrounding her death and will deploy a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team to review all interactions this family has had with Florida’s child welfare system.’
‘We will also continue to work closely with law enforcement to support their continued efforts.’