14-Year-Old Girl Broadcasts Suicide on Facebook Live From Foster Home

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Nakia Venant

Last Sunday, a 14-year-old girl hanged herself in the bathroom of her foster home and broadcast the heartbreaking event on Facebook Live.

Nakia Venant livestreamed from the foster home in Miami Gardens for two hours, eventually creating a noose with a scarf.

In the tragic video, Naika wrote, “I Don’t Wanna Live No More,” and added “three sad-faced emojis,” the Associated Press reported.

At least one of her friends called the police, but gave the wrong address.

Emergency workers rushed to the wrong house and learned of Nakia’s correct address – where they later found her hanging in the bathroom as her foster parents slept.

She was rushed to Jackson North Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Nakia had a rough life. The Daily Mail reports that the girl was put into foster care because of allegations her mother was beating her. She was sexually assaulted by another foster child when she was seven, and has bounced between 10 homes and shelters and her biological mother’s care since.

Now the girl’s birth mother, Gina Alexis, is blaming the foster care system for failing Nakia.

“I asked the foster care people to take care of my baby and instead she killed herself on Facebook,” she said during a press conference.

Howard Talenfeld, Nakia’s mother’s attorney, said in the press conference that Florida’s system of hiring private contractors to oversee foster care has led to several suicides, accidental deaths and murders.

“Tragically, we are here talking about another child among this horrific list, this horrific history of foster care privatization in Florida,” he said.

Talenfeld said that the sexual abuse and constant upheaval gave Nakia behavioral problems, and she had exhibited dangerous and self-destructive behavior. Case workers knew she had serious mental health problems, but the foster care system never gave her the help she needed, he said.

The courts had ordered intensive therapy for Nakia, and she was hospitalized under Florida’s Baker Act last year after it was determined she was a danger to herself, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

The Florida Department of Children and Families said Wednesday that it legally cannot discuss the specifics of Nakia’s history with the agency.

Secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement that an investigation into her death is underway and will include experts on teen suicide and the influence of social media:

“This is an extraordinarily complex case that deserves our careful examination. Our review will survey all of her interactions with the child welfare system and the multifaceted circumstances surrounding this tragedy.”

Nakia is at least the third person nationally to livestream their suicide in the last month.

In a statement to the Miami Herald provided by spokeswoman Christine Chen, Facebook said the company takes seriously its responsibility to keep people safe on its site:

Our Community Standards regulate what kinds of content can be shared on Facebook. Our teams work around the clock to review content that is being reported by users, and we have systems in place to ensure that time-sensitive content is dealt with quickly.

The vast majority of people are using Facebook Live to come together and share experiences in the moment with their friends and family. But if someone does violate our Community Standards while using Live, we want to interrupt these streams as quickly as possible when they’re reported to us. So we’ve given people a way to report violations during a live broadcast. We also suggest people contact law enforcement or emergency services themselves if they become aware of something where the authorities can help.

Daniel J. Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, told the AP that more suicidal people have been saved by Facebook, livestreaming and other social media than have killed themselves because of it, but those incidents don’t get exposure:

“It gives (suicidal people) the opportunity to connect with somebody who cares about them, who says the right thing on a post or is watching and reaches out to them. Those opportunities don’t exist without livestreaming.”

But Ryne Sherman, an associate professor of psychology at Florida Atlantic University, cautioned that livestreamed suicides have the potential to create something like suicide clusters and copycats.

“Social media takes this to a whole new level. This isn’t a newspaper report — this has the potential to spread much quicker and to a broader audience.”


For information on suicide prevention, please see September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Here’s What You Need to Know

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255

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  • tscull

    “the girl was put into foster care because of allegations her mother was beating her”
    And now the filthy low-life “mother” wants to place blame on the foster care system??? I’ll bet anything that there’s a lawsuit brewing here and this “mother” (aka breeder) will be trying to win the lotto on her daughter’s tragic death!

    • Clementine

      My thoughts exactly!

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Because the system failed, that’s how.

    If someone carjacked you, and, as they drove away, pointed out a bank robbery in progress. . . would you ignore the robbery just because a carjacker brought it to your attention?

  • bbb

    Gina Alexis, go kill yourself

  • DrDougND

    Makes me wonder if the girl was on an SSRI drug, known to cause or escalate suicidal ideations in youth…

    • gato felix

      Her life and the system and the lack of a loving home is enought to have suicidal ideations in just about anybody!

  • Gil G

    Life is like the U.S.A. – love it or leave it.

  • SP_88

    This is a tragedy that could have been prevented if not for the grossly incompetent bureaucracy and red tape that entangles the system to the point of being ineffective.
    Who knows if the biological mother was really abusing her or not. I wouldn’t believe a word of what DCF says about anyone. They are known liars and scumbags. DCF is responsible for the deaths of many, many children because of their gross negligence and incompetence. They are nothing more than a rogue organization that kidnaps children, mostly from good, loving parents, and sends them to live with criminals and child abusers. DCF is given incentive to take children away from their parents because the more children they take, the more federal funding they get. So of course they will use any and every excuse to claim that a parent is abusive or negligent.
    And it doesn’t matter what state they’re in, I’ve heard the same horror stories from many states.
    Of course, the biological mother could have been abusing her, but I just don’t know. All I know is that I’m not taking the word of a horrible organization like DCF.

  • junktex


  • junktex



    I can point the fingers at both the parent and the system. the parent for not providing a home environment that is stable. rich or poor isn’t the cause it is the parents. government on two levels. When we have children born out of wedlock then the child’s life is cheapened and even they themselves see they are worthless. if life has no meaning why should they live. life isn’t easy but government sure tells these people that it should be. if it isn’t its everybody’s fault but yours. A family despite how poor gives the child a sense of belonging. it is the personnel contact and feelings of worth that provide the drive to go out and deal with the world. Government instead thinks itself the giant teat for all to suckle and feel good about themselves. the unwanted are set in foster homes that are doing it just for the money government gets. one can look at a woman in Detroit that took in dozens of foster kids and raised all to healthy well adjusted people. Perhaps government should look at her method. Today she couldn’t “qualify” as a foster home because she had more than two kids in a bedroom. This young lady is dead because she had a choice. When death becomes the better choice someones not paying attention. When seventy percent of black children are born out of wedlock they have a problem with their society. It doesn’t take rocket science to see what caused it.

  • Clementine

    “Now the girl’s birth mother, Gina Alexis, is blaming the foster care system for failing Nakia.”
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! SERIOUSLY? Who failed the child? THE MOTHER! Instead of taking responsibility for her own faults she is blaming others, that is truly pathetic! I can only hope she is not able to breed anymore!

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      She didn’t kill the kid – the foster system did. . .

      A person can have a blemished past, and still point out wrongdoing. . .

      • Clementine

        I’m pretty sure she killed herself… hence the term suicide. I agree with you that the foster care system failed her but the failings started with the mother, who is probably trying to figure out a way to capitalize off of her daughters death.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          Yes. . . failing began with her mother. . . the reason for the “system” is to end the failing at that point. . . not exacerbate the problem.

          And yes, she is probably looking for a way to hit the lotto, using her daughter to buy the ticket. . .

          It was a cascade failure, for sure.

  • Donna Ross

    No good mother would “ASK” the freaking government for ANYTHING! Much less to take care of her child! It’s ridiculous for women to be spitting out babies, then tossing them in foster care INSTEAD OF ADOPTION, and those that do keep them can’t afford to take care of them without depending on a man or the taxpayer! This is why smart women wait until they have a good career, good father, and good income to support herself and the child if the husband walks out or dies,

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Easy – take away the financial incentive.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    “Don’t rape” isn’t part of the 10 commandments. . . but “I’m an attention whore pay attention only to me” is. . .

    Fuck your retarded commandments.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    SSRI drugs mess with a developing kid’s brain chemistry and the pharmaceutical industry admits that they really don’t know what the long term effects are. When someone goes cold turkey off these drugs they are frequently a lot worse than before they started taking them. I suspect that’s what happened here.

  • gato felix

    I remember about 5 years ago, at work a foster mom actually had the nerve to tell me in my face that the 13 year old girl she was with in the er was just an add on, I was livid when I heard her refere to that kid like that. I told the “mother” don’t ever do it again! these people only do it for the money and its a downright shame!!

  • That ZiNOist

    “The Florida Department of Children and Families said Wednesday that it
    legally cannot discuss the specifics of Nakia’s history with the agency.”

    How convenient it is that the general public accepts “legal reasons” as an excuse for government stonewalling information.

  • Synickel

    Don’t give these kids smart phones. For one thing, it numbs their brains with constant hypnotic usage, and 2, it gives them a platform for attention that can escalate into committing suicide for everyone to see. Kids that age don’t have the capacity to reason out the ramification of what they do. Give kids real things to do, like enjoy conversation and company with real people, read quality books/mags, do things outdoors. Burn those dang brain-draining phones.