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Charlotte Mom Arrested After Allowing Son To Participate In Online ‘Fire Challenge’

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Public health officials are warning that teens are emulating dangerous behaviors they see on YouTube, like the "fire challenge." (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Public health officials are warning that teens are emulating dangerous behaviors they see on YouTube, like the “fire challenge.” (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) – A 41-year-old mother is in custody after allowing her son to take part in an online video challenge, reports the Charlotte Oberserver.

In this case it was the “Fire Challenge,” in which participants set themselves on fire and then post videos on YouTube, Facebook and other social networking sites.

Police say Janie Lachelle Talley was operating a video camera when her 16-year-old son poured fingernail polish on himself then set himself on fire.

Others who were nearby put out the fire. The teen suffered minor burns to his chest and neck.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police began an investigation two days after someone notified the Department of Social Services about the incident.

Talley was arrested and was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Her trial is set for October 2nd.

Public health and law enforcement agencies across the nation have been warning about this fire challenge, saying it has severely burned several teens across the United States.

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