A 12-year-old girl livestreamed her own suicide after she says she was sexually abused by a relative. Now, authorities are struggling to keep the video from being spread like a wildfire.
The horrendous suicide footage of Katelyn Nicole Davis of Cedartown, Georgia, has gone viral at the distaste of authorities and the public.
The video, which was streamed live on Dec. 30, shows Davis as she hanged herself in the front yard of her house. She mentions being physically and sexually abused by a family member before she commits the tragic deed.
The clip has been shared on social media and Polk County officials say they are incapable of stopping it from propagating, despite receiving an outpour of complaints against it. The police department has even been contacted by people as far as the U.K.
“We were actually contacted by a police officer from California who saw it the night of the event,” Chief Kenny Dodd told WAGA.
Though Facebook has been deleting posts of the video, it is being shared through other mediums. Dodd says he has personally contacted individuals operating websites that shared the unsettling video.
Dodd says he would prefer to have the footage taken down legally, but does not have the authority.
“We contacted some of the sites. They asked if they had to take it down, and by law they don’t,” said Dodd. “But it’s just the common decent thing to do in my opinion.”
Detectives are still investigating the girl’s death. Coosa Valley News reports that on Dec. 27, Davis had previously wrote that she was sexually abused by a relative on her blog, according to Daily Mail.
He “tried to rape me,” she said.
In her blog, Davis uses the pseudonym “Dolly,” and mentions abuse from a male relative, including being hit with a studded belt.
She continues to say that her reported abuser told her to hang herself after she asked him to “stop being so perverted in front of my younger siblings.”
The 12-year-old goes on to say she suffers from depression and discusses various approaches of committing suicide.
Sources: WAGA, Daily Mail / Photo credit: WAGA