SHOCKING: 12-Year-Old Girl Live-Streams Her Suicide by Hanging

The video appeared to show the girl setting up a camera, then making a noose and tying it to a tree before tearfully apologizing to a number of people and talking about feeling inadequate and unable to deal with depression.


Katelyn Nichole Davis, a 12-year-old student of Cedartown Middle School in Polk County, Georgia, live-streamed her suicide by hanging from a tree on December 30, 2016. According to the local media reports, paramedics found Davis’ body outside her home with self-inflicted wounds just after 6 p.m., but she was pronounced dead at the Polk Medical Center’s Emergency Room after the emergency officials failed to revive her. Apparently, Davis used the app, a social media platform for broadcasting and watching live streaming videos, to live-stream her suicide.

An obituary for the young girl says she is survived by her parents, sister and brother. Even though the result of her autopsy, conducted at Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab aren’t out as yet, and the circumstances surrounding her suicide and what may have provoked it remain unknown, a disturbing video of Davis committing suicide has emerged on the Internet.

Since the 42-minute video is as surreal as it is tragic, it has been deleted from most video-sharing sites. Although, some visuals are still available on YouTube, for those of you who don’t want to watch it, The Dreamin Demon gives a glimpse:

“The first half of the video is Katelyn positioning the camera, measuring the rope she attaches to a tree and makes adjustments. During this section, the sun is shining and the ambient neighborhood noises of passing cars, birds and barking dogs can be heard in the background.

“She then climbs on top of a bucket and fastens the noose around her neck. At 21:24, after taking several deep breaths and crying, Katelyn says an anguished “Goodbye” before stepping off the bucket. Now hanging by her neck, Katelyn’s arms and legs begin to jerk and kick for a short time.

“For the remaining 20 minutes of the video, Katelyn’s body sways at the end of the rope as the sun goes down, as dogs bark in the background. After 10 minutes or so, you can hear Katelyn’s family calling for her and coming close to finding her on camera. The video ends as the sun disappears and Katelyn’s cell phone repeatedly rings.”

Davis was writing an online diary titled “Diary of a Broken Doll” for the last few weeks of her life. While the original diary has been removed from the Internet, screenshots of her entries give some basic details about the young girl who was already on medication for depression, had attempted suicide before, and was beaten by her stepfather who she also accused of trying to rape her.

An Instagram account identified as belonging to Davis also had messages about heartbreak and a note posted five days before her death that read: “Reblog in memory of those who have committed suicide.”

In April 2016, a federal data analysis found suicide in the United States had surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years. According to National Center for Health Statistics, the age-adjusted suicide from 1999 through 2014 increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13 per 100,000 people, with the pace of increase greater after 2006.

Suicide rates increased from 1999 through 2014 for both males and females and for all ages 10–74; the percent increase in suicide rates for females was greatest for those aged 10–14, and for males, those aged 45–64. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999. The New York Times notes:

“The data analysis provided fresh evidence of suffering among white Americans. Recent research has highlighted the plight of less educated whites, showing surges in deaths from drug overdoses, suicides, liver disease and alcohol poisoning, particularly among those with a high school education or less.

“The new report did not break down suicide rates by education, but researchers who reviewed the analysis said the patterns in age and race were consistent with that recent research and painted a picture of desperation for many in American society.”

While it is sadly too late to help Davis, her story can be used to help educate people on noticing the warning signs to be able to intervene and prevent such tragedies from occurring in future.

If you or your loved ones are struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which provides a 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, and talk with someone either online or by phone. Information on suicide lifelines outside the United States can be found at, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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  1. Is anyone investigating the “stepfather” in order to protect her siblings? Please tell me this man is under investigation and the children are being removed if they are living under the same housing condition.

    • I believe she did this because she wanted attention and took it way to far like that girl that threaten 1D to notice her or she would kill her dog and she went to far and ended up killing the poor thing holding it she cried taking SELFIES! SELFIES PEOPLE! jeez the internet can rive one crazy but that is just to far!

      • She did not make this up. Her mother knew! She secretly video taped her and her mom arguing about it! This poor girl lived a horrible horrible life! Go Watch her videos!

        • you are so right. And she did not make anything up she documented everything. She was a very loving beautiful kind gentle 12 year old she didn’t need to be put through this I blame her mother also all she wanted was a mother to love her and she didn’t and that made Katelyn very very sad. I wish I would have met her online and I would have took her in with me and loved her past her pain like she always wanted. Rest in peace Katelyn I love you always

      • I can’t believe you’d say this I suffer from depression and you know what I sympathize with Kaitlyn and if I actually knew her I would have tried to help her because I saw her livestream not live sadly because if I had I would try to talk to her and hope to stop her. But since time travel isn’t reality and probably never be I just pray for her soul and hope she has finally found peace. What if someone you knew committed suicide and someone said they did it for attention would you just let it slide or speak up for the soul who cannot. I know I didn’t know this person at all but still it’s really sad that she couldn’t see anyway out except through suicide. And you know what all I see anymore on this earth is the evil and heartlessness of the human race this is Hell On Earth!

  2. I blame that poor girls step-father, I hope that pervert is haunted every night and can’t sleep due to the demons he has unleashed.

  3. I hope that piece of shite step father gets put away for a long time and gets done to him what he inflicted on that girl for all his waste of oxygen day’s he has left, as for the mother she should be charged with willfull neglect and have all her kid’s taken into safety, hope that babby feels at peace now away from that filthy animal…rest in piece little girl xx

  4. You know, it is absolutely the best thing when people who are defective for whatever reason kill themselves before they breed. Humans already are a mess; with no positive evolutionary, and/or genetic selection pressures at all, and we are breeding ourselves out of a home.

    The fewer humans there are, the better.

  5. This kills me inside in every way… for a young beautiful little girl to have gone through this just hurts my soul.
    I am a father to a 14 year old girl… and I love her to death and would give my life for her safety…… to Dolly ; I’m so sorry? rest in peace little princess where you are now no one can ever harm you again ? RIP Dolly ❤

  6. Acs/child protective services need to do their job and save her siblings from the stepdad this is where the system messes up by leaving those kids to go thru more abuse. Something needs to be done. And the mother should go to jail too for allowing this sucker to do this to these kids. take them to a better home so her death won’t be in vain. She should have been helped sooner. Who allows their children to sleep on a wet mattress on the floor and theirs a whole in the wall this is incredibly horrible. This mother is a neglectful bit*h. If you didn’t want her you could have sent her to me or to someone who will care for her and her siblings properly. Shm

    • Totally hear you!! And then they’re looking for her when she had killed herself. Wtf for?
      So much neglect its digustimh for these children to live in that kinda environment!

    • Totally hear you!! And then they’re looking for her when she had killed herself. Wtf for?
      So much neglect its digusting for children to live in that kinda environment! Get that bastard who hurt her and her siblings!

      • He’s told her numerous times I wish you would hang yourself. I wouldn’t doubt if he’s the one who bought her the Rope. I think the stepfather knew she was going to do it and didn’t tell the mother. Anyways rest in peace Katelyn I love you always.

    • I agree. Social Services should have been called a long time ago. All this poor child wanted was a mother to love her and she didn’t. All she cared about was the perverted stepfather and drugs. And I think they should take her other two kids away before they kill themselves to. I know they say if you commit suicide you go to hell. I don’t think my God condemned this child to hell. This story touch me so much I cry for her every night I wish I would have met her online I would have took her in with me and loved her past her pain that’s all she wanted was love.

    • Thank you very pissed I still think about Kaitlyn because it breaks my heart that no one cared enough to help her. She would still be alive today. And you better believe that if I could go back in time I would find her and adopt her and I’d show her the love she should have been shown because I suffer from depression so I’d be there for her. I pray her stepfather and mother gets visited by Karma.

  7. Step dad had alot to do with her suicide. Is that evil drongo being banned from being around these little children?
    Katelyn already suffered with deep depression and yet he drummed so much shit into her head. Broke her down. Tried to rape her. Touched her and her siblings.
    What the fuck is wrong with her mothers head ???!! You should of protected her!! From wolves like him!
    Feeling heart broken for her. Such a beautiful girl that just needed love and support.

    • no from what I heard the mother still with the loser. I think the mother and The Stepfather should be held accountable for her suicide not as much the mother but for the stepfather I hope he burns in hell. And they need to take the other two before they kill themselves to because he’s still a pervert


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