*The mother of the teen who participated in an online “fire challenge,” where he set himself on fire and videotaped it, has been arrested. She has been accused of helping construct the video, which supported the trend on social media.
According to the Associated Press, several media outlets reported that 41-year-old Janie Lachelle Talley, of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives say Talley’s 16-year-old son doused himself with fingernail polish on July 29 and set himself on fire. The police statement says Talley was present at the time and helped with the video recording.
Though friends of the teen eventually put the fire out, he did suffer minor burns to his chest and neck.
Someone notified the Department of Social Services about the incident and police began investigating.
It is not clear if Talley has acquired legal representation.