The disturbing Internet trend involves people dousing themselves in rubbing alcohol, lighting themselves on fire, and then jumping into a tub or shower to extinguish the blaze.
Owens claims that she had just finished serving her daughter and her friends breakfast when she chose to go take a nap with her fiancee.
Though Owens said she never heard of the challenge, she said her daughter and her friends would watch videos online when they would hang out at her house. Soon after, Owens witnessed her child run down the hallway in flames. Owens said she was blown away by the response but that it was sorely needed.
"When she put the alcohol on her and the girl lit the fire, it just basically blew up because she already had flammable things on her anyway, perfumes and stuff like that", Owens said. While most who dared to attempt the challenge used rubbing alcohol to ignite the flame on their body's, Lander is believed to have used a Bath and Body Works scented spray instead, reported Daily Mail.
One of them had tried the challenge at her own home and sustained only minor burns, so she introduced it to Timiyah and her other friend that afternoon, Owens said.
Timiyah will likely remain hospitalized for several more months and need multiple additional surgeries. It happened when she competed in the fire challenge Friday with her friends.
"I was hysterical", Owens told the Detroit News.
"I didn't even feel the fire, I was just saving my daughter". For 12-year-old Timiyah Landers, however, it went horribly wrong.
Owens also posted pictures of some of the clothes her daughter was wearing during the incident - all entirely burned. Why would you want to rub salt on your arm and then put an ice cube on it?
Owens said she thinks her daughter was motivated by curiosity. Brandi wants YouTube to ban these videos and she wants to warn other parents.
Landers is now on a ventilator and can't speak, but Owens said "she's very calm, she's very strong". "I'm very disappointed. The reason being because I talk to my kids and they know better". "It'd have been pretty much over for her".