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August 13, 2014

Mother arrested for helping son participate in 'fire challenge'

His mother was present at the time and helped record the video; the teen suffered minor burns to his chest and neck

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina woman has been arrested and accused of helping her son with a video in which he set himself on fire as part of the "fire challenge" trend on social media.

Several media outlets reported that 41-year-old Janie Lachelle Talley, of Charlotte, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives say Talley's 16-year-old son poured fingernail polish on himself July 29 and set himself on fire. The police statement says Talley was present at the time and helped with the video recording.

Other people put out the fire. The teen suffered minor burns to his chest and neck.

Someone notified the Department of Social Services about the incident and police began investigating.

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It wasn't clear if Talley has an attorney.

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Jessica Ramirez Jessica Ramirez Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:35:18 AM How stupid can you be to watch you're own child set himself on fire really people!!!!!!!

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