Despite police efforts, 12-year-old’s suicide video goes viral

A 12-year-old, allegedly abused at home, committed suicide while filming it

Authorities are frantically working to remove all traces of a video showing a 12-year-old Georgia girl prepare for and commit suicide.

In a 42-minute video uploaded to Facebook on Dec. 30, Katelyn Nicole Davis detailed being sexually abused by a family member and is heard saying “Goodbye” before hanging herself in the front yard of her Cedartown home. The last 20 minutes of the stream show the girl hanging from the tree as a woman calls her name shortly before the feed cuts off.

“I’m sorry everyone. I’m really sorry … I don’t deserve to live.”

Polk County Police — who were contacted by someone who watched the video in California — discovered Davis. The 12-year-old was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Several posts allegedly written by Davis about her troubled home life have been scrubbed from the Internet following her death. The New York Daily News reported on Thursday that police are investigating claims of sexual abuse made in the video.

The unsettling live stream has since been posted to other social media platforms and viewed by millions. Since then, Polk County authorities have been inundated with calls, emails, and messages from people wanting the footage removed.

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd explained to FOX 5 that he’s contacted several websites asking them to remove video with little to no success. Despite public outrage, Chief Dodd said there is nothing they can do legally to make them.

“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.”

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