A young girl is recovering from severe burns after participating in a dangerous YouTube challenge with friends.
Timiyah Landers is currently hospitalized in a Detroit medical center after she tried to take part in the “Fire Challenge.” The young girl suffered from over 49 percent of burns on her body and is on a ventilator, Fox 2 reported.
The 12-year-old’s mother Brandi Owens was devastated after witnessing her daughter in flames and recounted the horrific details. She said Landers and two of friends were hanging out in her home. The mother said she took a nap after fixing the girls some food and woke up to her daughter on fire.
“She came running up my hallway on fire from her knees to her hair,” Owens expressed.
The frantic mother and her fiance swiftly placed Landers in the bathtub and began dousing her with water. Although at one point the flames began to intensify, the couple were able to extinguish the flames.
“I can’t help my baby. I can’t help her,” Owens wept.
The other two girls admitted to trying the “Fire Challenge” where a person is drenched with rubbing alcohol and set on fire.
Owens called for YouTube to ban the disturbing videos and said “kids are trying these” challenges with friends that are leaving children severely impaired.
Landers will be hospitalized for the next several months and will sustain permanent scarring. The 12-year-old was supposed to be starting seventh grade.
Owens has an important message for parents.
“Monitor these kids, especially with these phones, and if I could after with this happening – my kids would never be able to be on social media. No more iPhones. Nothing,” she noted.