Samantha kuberski, A 6 year old girl, was a cheerful person who went to school. In December 2009, he committed suicide. He apparently had no problems, so his suicide surprised medical professionals.
When medical examiners examined her body in Yamhill County, south of Portland, they said it was indeed a suicide, turning Samantha into the youngest to commit suicide.
The youngest girl to kill herself
The events took place on December 2 in the state of Oregon. After an argument with her mother, Samantha was punished in her room. While her mother and sisters were in different rooms in the McMinnville house, the young girl climbed into a cradle that the Kuberski family had, but did not use.
Then put a belt around your neck, he fell from the top of the cradle railing. When Kellie, her mother, entered the room, she saw little Samanta’s unconscious body. Although he tried to resuscitate her, there was nothing he could do to save her life. She was then taken to hospital where her death was officially announced.
Was little Samantha aware of what she was doing?
Samantha’s parents and siblings were questioned by police, but it was the same law enforcement officers who later testified that they found no sign that the little girl had been abused at any time in her life.
What is striking about this case is the question of whether Samanta was truly aware of her tragic death. While the forensic team that examined the victim said it was suicide, investigating officers insisted it could have been an accident. . Outraged, these wondered if such a little girl was aware of the consequences of her actions, And they had similar opinions from some experts, as is the case with psychiatrist Dr. Kirk Wolfe.
Do children understand the meaning of suicide?
“A lot of kids this age don’t know what death means,” Wolfe told Yamhill Valley News. He added that: “It is only at the age of 8, 9 or 10 that they begin to understand the meaning of death and that there is no turning back once it is over. occurs.”
The relationship between depression and suicide
Lack of hope for the future and loss of autonomy over life and feelings are two of the most common causes that lead a person to make the decision to kill themselves. Since the depression he is able to incapacitate a person and this person generally refuses the help he can give to relatives and friends, Its diagnosis is often complicated. Depressed people pay too much attention to the negative aspects of life, living in eternal pessimism.
It is the lack of hope and future expectations that gives rise to suicidal thoughts and to commit the act. In fact, there have been a lot of studies in older people about depressive disorder and suicide, but what goes on in a child’s mind to commit suicide?
In addition to adult life, suicidal ideation is very common in adolescence, but does not mean that there is imminent danger to life. If these ideas are not associated with different factors (understanding risk factors) or are planned, suicide may not happen. As a teenager, it is estimated that for every teenager who commits suicide, about three hundred attempt it.
Suicidal acts are not common in people under the age of 15
While there are a lot of teens who have suicidal thoughts, this is not the case with children under the age of 10. In fact, it is almost impossible to find studies that refer to this phenomenon.. In this regard, psychiatrists Karaman and Durukan (2013) write:
“Suicide before the age of 15 is not uncommon. Many child and adolescent suicides take place after this age. According to a 2009 Center for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC) study, the suicide rate in children aged 10 to 14 was 1.3 per 100,000, among youth aged 15 to 19, 7 , 75 per 100,000, and among 20-24 year olds, 12.5 per 100,000.
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