Police to investigate possible ‘criminal aspect’ in teen’s suicide jump at Connecticut mall

Police in Danbury, Connecticut, have said they are investigating the suicide of a teenage girl for any possible “criminal aspect,” following reports that the girl may have been bullied on social media.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Hailey Nailor, 16, jumped to her death from the fifth floor of a parking garage at Danbury Fair Mall. A classmate reportedly said that Nailor had posted on Snapchat just before the apparent suicide jump, contemplating whether she should take her own life.

Following her death, screenshots of Snapchat posts appearing to taunt the girl circulated on social media, leading to accusations of bullying.

“Rest in piece, b***h,” read a message on one of the screenshots.

As reported by the NewsTimes, the Danbury Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page that authorities were investigating the possibility of online bullying.

“As reflected in the multiple responses to The Danbury Police Department’s previous post regarding the tragic death of Hailey Nailor, we would like to inform the public that all aspects of her death are being investigated by our Special Victims Unit, including a possible social media influence,” the statement reads.

“Should our investigation reveal a criminal aspect, we will inform the public at an appropriate time.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Nailor’s father told the NewsTimes that his daughter had struggled with depression and anxiety, and had spent a good part of the day before her death at Danbury Hospital before she was discharged.