A mother in Michigan is speaking out about dangerous online challenges that are popular with many young people.
Her 12-year-old daughter set herself ablaze Friday night in what’s known as the “Fire Challenge.”
Her burns are very severe, and her recovery will be painful and long.
“I could have lost my baby, by the grace of God, she’s alive. If I wasn’t home, I would have walked in to my baby dead.”
12-year-old Timiyah Landers is wearing a body-suit of bandages.
Underneath, burns — 2nd and 3rd degree over 49 percent of her body.
“Just laying their in pain, the tears in her eyes, it kills me – Watching her suffer, due to what her and her friends done,” her mother sai.d
What they did was the “Fire Challenge.”
How is it done?
By pouring a flammable liquid on yourself and setting yourself on fire.
It’s usually caught on camera and posted online.
Timiyah’s mother says kids find this stuff and other dangerously outrageous challenges on social media and YouTube.
Videos like this are hard to watch, even if you’ve seen them before.
Last Friday, Brandi says she heard a commotion outside of her bedroom, like a popping sound.
“Next thing I know she come running through the hallway passed my bedroom, going into the bathroom on fire.”
Brandi and her fiance extinguished the blaze that engulfed her baby girl and rushed her to the hospital.
Timiyah and her family — they’re trying to stay positive, strong.
But it’s hard because they know Timiyah’s road ahead will be a long one.
“I’m very scared, Im scared every day.”
Please, do not let this be your someone you love.
“It just takes the bigger person to just say no to it,” said her brother Charles Johnson.
“My daughter knew better, she know her right from her wrong,” her mother said.
This parent has a message for other moms and dads out there.
“Monitor your kids, especially if a friend come over and say ‘hey I tried it before – let’s do it. It was fun.’ With me, it was a blink of my eye and now my daughter is fighting for her life.”
And finally, they unleash their fury at those behind the sites that show these unbelievably disturbing images.
“Extremely angry, of these challenges, the fire challenge is what caused this,” her father Timothy Landers said.
“They need to delete this mess. It should be censored. Things like that should be censored. That’s nothing that a kid’s supposed to come across,” her mother said.
Timiyah will likely remain hospitalized for several more months and need multiple additional surgeries.