Girl, 9, Killed Herself Because Of Jealousy Over New Half-Brother

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Girl, 9, killed herself 'because of jealousy over new half-brother'

A nine-year-old girl is thought to have committed suicide after she became jealous of her little brother.

Justice Williams had struggled to adapt to the arrival of her new half-sibling and had been placed in therapy by her parents after telling them she was suicidal.

Tragically, she was found on Sunday by her distraught mother hanging from the shower frame in the family's home in Bronx, New York.

The mother, Tamiqua Torres, 31, went to check on her daughter because she felt that she had taken too long in the shower. When she went in, she found her daughter with a white cloth strung around her neck, supported by the metal shower frame.

Friends of the family told the New York Daily News that the nine-year-old had been seeing a therapist since becoming troubled by the birth of her new half-brother.

Tamiqua and her new husband, Raymond, had welcomed their new baby into the world eight months ago and Raymond had become Justice's stepfather.

However, Justice began telling family members that 'she wanted to die' during her mother's pregnancy - which set alarm bells ringing, causing her mother and stepfather to send her to therapy.

Tamiqua had used her pregnancy blog to explain her worries and struggles with her daughter after discovering she was going to be mother for the second time.

"We were as happy as happy good be until one day my then eight-year-old woke up and decided that she wasn't exactly thrilled about being a Big Sister," she wrote.

"I mean who could blame her, she spent the last eight years all to herself being spoiled by everyone only having to share while in school."

However, by the time the baby had arrived over the summer, Tamiqua believed that Justice had adjusted.

"Fast forward to August when he arrived and she was happy and reassured that although her world has forever changed she loves him more than she thought she would," Tamiqua wrote.

"The road my family and I traveled to get where we are now was not smooth we faced many road bumps but over came them as a stronger family unit than I imagined us to be."


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