Harrowing viral video of a 12-year-old girl hanging herself has police helpless to remove it

Casey Mills
January 12, 2017

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told Fox 5 they've been getting messages, emails and phone calls from around the world - even the United Kingdom - from people outraged about the video.

The video has since gone viral with police saying that there is nothing they can do to stop it.

"Abused": Katelyn claimed in the video that she had been sexually abused by a relative.

The footage, from 30 December in Cedartown, was recorded by 12-year-old Katelyn Davis in her family's front yard.

Authorities in the US state of Georgia have said they are powerless to remove copies of a Facebook Live video showing a girl killing herself.

Katelyn Nicole Davis, a 12-year-old from Georgia, filmed herself on Facebook life as she was killing herself.

Turns out, Katelyn used the Live.me application to live-stream her suicide, and the 42-minute video details her hanging herself from a tree.

At the end of the tragic footage, a woman off camera can be heard calling Katelyn's name before she was found.

According to Coosa Valley News Wednesday, Davis posted on her blog on December 27 that she had been sexually abused by a relative.

'We contacted some of the sites.

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told the media that he is unable to stop people from sharing the video. She said in the same post that he told her to hang herself after she demanded he "stop being so perverted in front of my younger siblings".

Polk County Police says 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".

Katelyn wrote about suffering from depression and her desire to hang herself in the days before her death.

"We want it down as much as anyone - for the family and it may be harmful to other kids", Dodd said. 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.

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