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10-year-old Girl Strangles Herself to Death While Partaking in a TikTok Challenge

A 10-year-old has accidentally strangle herself to death while creating a TikTok challenge in Palermo, Italy.

The Sun UK reports, The little girl identified as Antonella Sicomero was found lifeless on the bathroom floor by her 4-year-old sister at home.

The little girl told her parents she was going for a bath, but investigators are said to believe she was filming herself for the challenge.

Antonella’s heartbroken dad Angelo said another of Antonella’s sisters told him she had been taking part in a TikTok challenge, La Repubblica reports.

He told the paper: “Antonella was playing the game of asphyxiation.

“My daughter, little Antonella, who dies because of an extreme game on TikTok, how can I accept it?

According to reports, Police in Sicily have seized Antonella’s phone and are investigating possible links to social media sites.

Like the dangerous Blue Whale challenge, the challenge Antonella is feared to have joined is a sick game that has been popular on TikTok over the past year.

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Experts have warned of the risks associated with these challenges, including fainting, seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Public prosecutors in Palermo have opened two investigations for “instigation to suicide”.

Antonella’s mobile has been seized by investigators, who are looking into if she was broadcasting live, if she had been invited to play the game by someone else or if she was making the film for a friend.

Prosecutors also want to verify if she was copying videos of other TikTok users taking part in the challenge.

ANSA media agency report she arrived at hospital in cardiac arrest yesterday.

Doctors fought to save her life but she was later declared brain dead and in an irreversible coma.

Her organs were donated to save three other children before her life support was switched off.

“In this way, Antonella will save many children.”

Dad Angelo said

TikTok said they would be fully cooperating with authorities.

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A spokesman for TikTok said :

Our deepest sympathies are with the girl’s family and friends.

 

“We do not allow content that encourages, promotes, or glorifies dangerous behaviour that might lead to injury, and our teams work diligently to identify and remove content that violates our policies.

“While we have not currently found evidence of content on our platform that might have encouraged such an incident off-platform, we will continue to monitor closely as part of our continuous commitment to keep our community safe.

“We will also assist the relevant authorities with their investigation as appropriate.”

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