Mon, Aug 7 02:19 PM |Life

8-Year-Old Ki'ari Pope Dies Months After Drinking Boiling Water As A Dare

According to Florida authorities, an 8-year-old girl in Boynton Beach, Florida has died, months after she was dared by her cousin to drink boiling water from a straw.

Oof. That is not a fun sentence at all. How horrific. 

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Ki’ari Pope suffered severe injuries after drinking the boiling water, which eventually led to her death on Monday.  This horrible incident seems to have taken place back in March.

The girl was rushed to the hospital after she said that she was unable to breathe, records from the Florida Department of Children and Families state.

Sadly, she was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Monday. 



A GoFundMe page set up for her funeral expenses claims that Ki’ari received a tracheotomy, an incision in the windpipe, that reportedly left her deaf and with chronic respiratory problems. 


Ki’ari burned her throat back in March, after her cousin dared her to drink the boiling water. Uhhhhh.

The Florida DCF records called Ki’ari “medically compromised.” After the situation occurred in March, state authorities investigated her family for signs of possible abuse or neglect. Incidentally (and, sadly, not all too surprisingly), Florida officials have investigated Ki’ari’s home for at least nine other allegations of either abuse or neglect involving the girl since her birth.


Heartbreaking, heartbreaking stuff. 


However, since at least one of those previous investigations resulted in proof of abuse or neglect, the department’s Critical Incident Rapid Response Team will be looking into the girl’s death. Good call, probably.




“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 to the Palm Beach Post. “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.”


That poor girl. Hope that she is at peace now. Truly.


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