The suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Georgia is being investigated after she wrote about her stepfather's sexual abuse on her blog.
Davis lived and went to school in Cedartown, Georgia, about 70 miles west of Atlanta. After authorities became aware of the video on the night of Davis' death, she was found hanging from a tree in front of her home. The 12-year-old was rushed to Polk Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Katelyn Davis would have turned 13 in February. She committed suicide on December 30.
If you, or anybody you know, is depressed or considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.
The horrific video ends with Davis hanging from a tree in front of her home. The entire clip is 42 minutes long. It was posted under her user name ITZ Dolly. The first 21 minutes show Davis setting up her suicide and talking about her life. At 21:24, Davis tells the world, "Goodbye." She then proceeds to hang herself by removing the bucket she had been standing on. Less than ten minutes later, voices can be heard calling out to Davis.
Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd asked the public to stop sharing the video online. Speaking to Fox Atlanta,
Dodd said, "We want it down as much as anyone for the family and it may be harmful to other kids. We contacted some of the sites. They asked if they had to take it down and by law they don’t. But it’s just the common decent thing to do in my opinion."
Chief Dodd also said that it was a cop from California who happened to see the streaming who first contacted Polk County authorities. The chief added that his department has been fielding calls from as far away as the United Kingdom regarding the removal of the video.
Here are the photos that help to celebrate the life of Katelyn Nicole Davis, a life that was ended far too soon: