North Carolina Mom Arrested For Helping Son Film Fire Challenge

August 12, 2014  |  

If you’re active on social media, chances are you’ve stumbled across those foolish fire challenge videos, in which teens have been dousing themselves in alcohol or nail polish remover and lighting themselves on fire. The challenge is to put out the flames before any real damage is done. One of the more popular videos depicts a 16-year-old boy, who from the looks of the video, received assistance from his mother in carrying out the challenge. According to the Charlotte Observer, the boy’s mother has since been identified as Janie Talley, 41, and she was recently arrested for aiding her son in the filming of  the fiery stunt.

Sources: Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department, Facebook

Talley has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Charlotte Meckelenberg detectives say that on July 29, Talley watched as the teen poored nail polish remover on himself and then set himself on fire.

“[Talley] was present and aware of what her son (was) doing and facilitated the recording,” police said in a statement.

The teen suffered minor burns on his neck and chest. The troubled mother was taken into custody after someone notified the the Department Of Social Services after seeing the footage. She was arrested last week by Youth Crime detectives. Bond information has not been made available, but her trial has been set for October 2.


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  • Sapwolf

    Typical sheboon.

  • kierah

    That gene pool is seriously corrupted.

  • adiatc

    And we wonder why our children/tweens behave the way they do. Their “parents” or the “adults” around them are just as bad or worse!! Terrible parenting and terrible “role models” in the households and communities. Couple that with what they see in the media and you have this!! Very sad!

  • SunFlower78

    Just ignorant…

  • *Channels inner Oprah voice*
    Send them both to some kind of therapy. Anyone that thinks setting themselves ablaze is funny certainly has an improperly functioning brain. This is just shameful and ignorant

  • thatguy0101

    I dont eve know where to start, first who co-signs something like this?? absolute craziness!!!! 2nd, this insane need of attention by social media has gotta out of control, dude catch himself on fire, females half-naked on social media, dude fighting each other, girls fighting each other, ever other picture of females is something HAVING to do with her a$$ poked out, everything is look at me, look at me, look what I have, look what Im doing…..dont believe me, just go on instagram and she what these young kids and some adults are positing…

  • DroneRivers

    So glad she was arrested. I couldn’t believe it when I saw adults in the video. This is why the kids are so dumb these days. The parents aren’t worth spit.

  • Zina Gray

    I saw this video. She was laughing until he “blew up” in flames and started running around, almost burning down her house. Then she began to scream. .. get under the f*ckin water! It was a real production. Smmfh

  • enlightenment

    What a bunch of morons! People will do anything…ANYTHING…light themselves on fire even!!! just to get attention on social media.

  • moniqhar

    “Troubled” mother is indeed correct..

  • Lilacbenson

    Look at her crazy eyes…

  • The Elusive Chanteuse

    It’s amazing the boy survived to be a teenager! Who helps set their child on fire? For likes?

  • Live_in_LDN

    Utter, utter, despicable cretin of a mother

  • CK. ®

    No words….