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Little girl, 8, takes own life, possibly after reading about Ashawnty Davis’ suicide: Investigators

Investigators said a New Jersey girl who killed herself while on time out possibly read a story about 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis’ suicide on Facebook before taking her own life in a similar manner.

WNBC reported that Essex County prosecutors are determining what caused Imani McCray, 8, to kill herself in her Valisburg home on Sunday afternoon. Authorities claimed that McCray was sent to her room and relatives found her unresponsive a short time later.

Prosecutors said the McCray was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her family said she would’ve turned 9 next week.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Davis, of Aurora, Colorado, hanged herself in a closet after a video of her confronting a bully was posted to the social media app Musical.ly. The 10-year-old was taken off of life support November 29, two weeks after the suicide attempt.

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“I saw my daughter was scared,” Davis’ mother, Latoshia Harris, told KDVR. “My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet.”

Though Davis appeared to be a victim of bullying, authorities said they have no indication that McCray was bullied.

News12 New Jersey reported Tuesday that prosecutors also said they don’t know how the New Jersey girl died and that her body had no visible injuries.

[Featured Image: Imani McCray/WNBC video screenshot; Ashawnty Davis/Facebook]