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.
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.