A 12-year-old girl live-streamed her own suicide on Facebook, and now police say they are helpless to prevent the video from proliferating online.
Katelyn Nicole Davis, of Cedartown Ga., hanged herself in her front yard on Dec. 30. In the video, she says she was sexually abused by a family member. In a previous video purported to be of Davis, she said her biological father was never a “dad” to her, and that he never even visited her after she overdosed. She said he didn’t care. She also said her stepdad abused her and told her she was worthless — and that she should hang herself.
Her suicide video has gone viral, but authorities say they have no recourse to remove it, Fox 5 reported. The video keeps rolling with her hanging from a tree for about 20 minutes. A woman off-camera can then be heard calling her name.
Police reportedly arrived at the girl’s home hoping to save her, but she was pronounced dead after being rushed to the emergency room.
Since Davis’ death, the Polk County Police Department has been flooded with calls alerting them to websites sharing the video.
“We want it down as much as anyone for the family and it may be harmful to other kids,” Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said. “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.”