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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:20 AM

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Eight Year Old Florida Girl Dies Five Months After Drinking Boiling Water Through Straw On Dare

An 8-year-old Florida girl has died five months after she was injured while drinking boiling water through a straw on a dare.

The SunSentinel reports Kiíari Pope started having trouble breathing Sunday night. She told her motherís boyfriend, who called 911. She was taken to a hospital where she died.

Marquisia Bonner, the childís 22-year-old mother, says Kiíari had suffered complications since March when she took the dare from her cousin after they watched a YouTube video where someone appeared to drink boiling water from a straw. She had emergency surgery on her windpipe to clear scar tissue.

Her mother says a tracheotomy left her with trouble breathing and talking.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater says the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.