Woman charged in Hot Water Challenge case apologizes to victim's mother
The mother of a Clay County burn victim in a 'Hot Water Challenge' said the woman charged in the case went up to her after a court hearing Monday and apologized.
Angela Guth faces charges of criminal abuse and wanton endangerment after police said her son threw scalding hot water on another boy during a sleepover. The case was supposed to go to a grand jury, but now there is a delay.
Guth will be back in court in about two weeks for another preliminary hearing. This is the second time the hearing was delayed.
"At this time we are prepared to waive this case to a grand jury, judge," said the defense attorney.
Police said Guth did not immediately report what happened to the victim. The 'Hot Water Challenge' is an internet dare where mostly young people either pour water on someone or dare someone to drink boiling water through a straw.
Behind closed doors, attorneys agreed to delay the preliminary hearing until September 23. Also behind closed doors, the victim's mother said she learned Guth wanted to say something to her.
"She is very sorry. Very remorseful. She is going through it herself. Done a lot of damage to her, too. Not realizing that she didn't get my son help," said Patricia Oliver.
Billy Oliver remains out of school and is still recovering at home. His mother said he is having problems because the burns impacted his immune system.
Patricia said this case sends a message about supervision during sleepovers.
"Yes because kids will be kids. And any child that your child is with could act out at any given moment. Could do something stupid because they are kids. As we as parents deal with it, we stand accountable, too, if your child is in my care," said Patricia.
Guth remains free on the conditions of her bond.