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Girl Livestreams Suicide On FB, But Police Are Focussing On Girl's Mother

Every parent wants to protect their child from harm. Unfortunately, not every parent is successful in protecting their child no matter how hard they try. One woman egged her daughter on when she threatened to kill herself on social media. Naika Venant, only 14 years old committed suicide by hanging herself in front of her mother while simultaneously live-streaming it on Facebook.

According to a report filed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, “There were many other individuals urging her to take her own life, calling her vile names and claiming the situation was either ‘fake’ or ‘all an act." Her mother was only of the people taunting her. She commented, “#ADHD games played u sad little DCF custody jit that’s why u where u at for this dumb s–t n more u keep crying wolf u dead u will get buried life goes on after a jit that doesn’t listen to there parents trying to be grown seeking boys and girls attention instead of her books."

The mother of the 14-year-old, Gina Caze, has vehemently denied writing that comment or even being anywhere near the internet at the time of her daughter's death. Her lawyer, Howard Talenfeld told the Tampa Bay Times, “She unequivocally denies she was online while Naika was alive."

Naika Venant had not always lived Gina Caze. She had spent the majority of 9 years in different foster care homes. The report also said, “In Naika’s case, the above protective factors (strong/influential enough to give the youth hope and something to keep living for) were not consistently present in her life, and it appears that Naika did not possess resilient traits to keep her safe. Although it is unknown whether these deaths influenced Naika, given the proximity of time between the last reported suicide and Naika’s death, reviewers noted that contagion is suspect."

Mike Carroll, the Department of Children and Families Secretary released a statement saying foster parents should be trained on social media, “There is little we can say that adequately describes the sorrow we still feel today from the loss of Naika,” Carroll said in a statement. “It is even more exacerbated by the information that was learned during the course of the CIRRT investigation — that this is a child who endured great trauma in her life and despite many service interventions, we were not able to put the pieces back together to prevent her from taking her own life in such a public forum.”

Source: New York Post
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