Mom Arrested For Aiding Son in “Fire Challenge”

August 16, 2014  |  

A Charlotte, North Carolina mom might think twice the next time her son asks her to record him participating in a viral trend.

Janie Lachelle Talley was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile after she filmed her 16-year-old son doing the fire challenge. It’s a viral sensation amongst teens, which requires them to post a video on social media of them lighting themselves on fire, typically with the aid of a highly flammable substance.

A much more dangerous and far cry from it’s innocent predecessor, the ice bucket challenge, where participants pour a bucket of ice water on themselves, the fire challenge is particularly dangerous, even fatal.

“The problem has to do with the danger of fire,” Charlotte Fire Department Captain Rob Brisley told a Fox network affiliate. He continued, “People don’t realize how unpredictable even small amounts of fire can be.”

That’s a fact that Talley’s son learned the hard way. During the video she recorded of her son partaking in the challenge, the fire became uncontrollable and people are seen rushing to his aid to help put the blaze out. He rubbed finger polish remover on his body in order to accelerate the fire.

Watch the video (warning: graphic content)

And while Talley’s son only sustained burns to his chest and neck area as a result of the challenge, some people has suffered much more serious injuries, even death.

“This is very dangerous,” said Brisley. “There is a report of at least one person in New York dying as a result from burns he suffered from attempting this.”

Talley’s son posted a subsequent video, which has since been removed form his Facebook page, warning people against the challenge and informing them on the seriousness of potential consequences.

As the trend sweeps the nation, fire departments are amp-ing up campaigns bring the viral sensation to an end. Charlotte’s fire department developed the hashtag #nofirechallenge to warn teens against the trend.

And with Talley’s arrest, authorities are hoping that the public realizes how serious local law enforcement is of the bringing this challenge to an end. “Talley was present and aware of what her son was doing and facilitated the recording,” local detectives told the Charlotte Observer. “The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department discourages this activity due to the extreme danger it poses to everyone involved and takes all complaints seriously.”

Talley’s trial is scheduled for October 2nd.

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