13-year-old lady severely burned whereas imitating TikTok video, household says
A 13-year-old girl has been in the hospital for over two weeks after suffering third-degree burns when she apparently tried to impersonate a video she saw on social media, her family, speaking out, said in case they can help prevent this from happening from someone else.
Destini Crane, of Portland, Oregon, suffered severe burns on his neck and right arm and underwent three skin grafts after her family believed she tried to copy a video using the popular TikTok video app.
The incident occurred in the bathroom of her home on May 13, her sister Andrea Crane told ABC News. Destini is currently unable to speak to tell them what happened. But based on what they found in the bathroom and after talking to their friends, they believe the seventh grader – who “lived for TikToks,” her mother said – tried to copy a TikTok video into where someone draws a shape with a flammable liquid on a mirror and then sets it on fire.
Destini brought into the bathroom a candle, lighter and bottle of alcohol that they believe would explode in the poorly ventilated room and set them and other items on fire, her sister said. TikTok was still taping videos when they picked up Destini’s cell phone, her mother, Kimberly Crane, told ABC News.
Destini Crane in an undated photo.
“I was in the living room talking to my mom and I heard her scream my name,” said Kimberly Crane. “So I went and opened the bathroom door and everything was on fire. Destini was on fire. Things were on fire in the bathroom.”
Kimberly Crane took her daughter outside and eventually took off her burning shirt, she said. A neighbor had called 911.
Destini has been in intensive care since then and her family hopes she will soon be able to move to the burn unit for further care. It will likely take a few more months to recover, including inpatient rehabilitation to regain use of her arm and range of motion in the neck, shoulders and fingers, her sister said.
“Because of the burns, she will have limited mobility,” said Andrea Crane. “This will only be a lifelong thing if she does physical therapy to keep her mobility going.”
Destini Crane, 13, was hospitalized with a third degree burn after apparently trying to mimic a TikTok video, said her family, who now want to warn others about what happened to her.
Destini has been on pain medication, her family said, and they believe she knows she is in the hospital but doesn’t fully understand what happened to her.
“I know if she wakes up and understands everything, she’ll probably freak out,” said her mother. “But honestly, I think she’s strong enough to get through.”
The family said their church and Destini’s school have provided support since the incident. Andrea Crane, a student at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, has also moved home to look after her sister, who enjoys skateboarding and plays the online game Roblox.
“We have always been our unit,” she said. “Being in Monmouth just wasn’t an option for me because I wanted to be here and my family needed me.”
Destini Crane with her mother Kimberly Crane in an undated photo.
The two share their story, hopefully to encourage other families to be present when using social media for children.
“I just wasn’t with her,” said Andrea Crane. “When she showed me TikToks and when she showed me what she was doing, I would say, ‘Oh, I’m busy’ or ‘I do schoolwork’.”
“It’s really important to be with your kids because we can monitor them, we have parental controls, we can do anything we want, but things are slipping,” she said. “And so it’s really important to be with your kids and have the transparency: ‘Hey, what are you doing with what? What are you doing right now?'”
The online safety organization for children, Internet Matters, notes that teens “may be tempted to take chances to get more followers or likes for a video, so it is important to talk about what they are sharing.”
Common Sense Media recommends that parents share accounts with children over the age of 13 so that they can “keep an eye on what your child sees and posts”.
Destini Crane in an undated photo.
Parents can restrict content that may not be suitable for all users by enabling “restricted mode” in the account.
ABC News asked TikTok for a comment.
Amid reports of last year’s so-called Skull Crusher Challenge, a prank that seriously injured some children, TikTok said in a post on its newsroom: “We don’t allow content that encourages or repeats dangerous challenges that lead to injury could. “
“More importantly, we encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior, whether online or offline,” the company said. “Nobody wants their friends or family to be hurt when they make a video or try a stunt.”