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Teen Live-Streams Hanging Herself In Front Yard And Cops Can't Delete The Vid

12 January 2017
Teen Live-Streams Hanging Herself In Front Yard And Cops Can't Delete The Vid

Katelyn Nicole Davis, a 12-year-old from Georgia filmed herself on Facebook life as she was killing herself. "They asked if they had to take it down and by law they don't", Dodd told WAGA-TV.

Police in Georgia say they've been getting calls from around the world about the video, including one outraged caller from the UK.

Polk County Police say they've been flooded with phone calls, emails and social media messages from people as far away as the United Kingdom, who are pleading with them to try and take it down. "But it's just the common decent thing to do in my opinion", declared a police officer.

The video of her hanging from the tree takes about twenty minutes until a woman is heard screaming.

A January 1 screen capture of a blog purporting to be Davis's, but written under the pseudonym 'Dolly' - a name she used in other social media - lists abuse from a male relative including being hit with a studded belt.

Katelyn Nicole Davis posing for selfies on social media
Katelyn Nicole Davis

"We want it down as much as anyone for the family and it may be harmful to other kids", he told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Officers say they're looking into allegations of abuse and attempted rape she made in an online diary three days before her death. Katelyn apparently suffered from depression, and in an additional blog post on December 27, she discussed different ways of committing suicide. Unfortunately, the inquest was too little, too late for Davis.

While Facebook Live is primarily seen as a tool for brands to get their content flowing as well as a tool for everyday people to give others a window into their lives, there seems to be no standards for acts of violence and, sadly, death on the social media platform. She continued filming as she hanged herself in the front yard of her Cedartown home.

Katelyn Nicole Davis, 12, recorded the footage in Cedartown. If you want to help stop the spread of similar broadcasts, contact your local representative today and push for reform.