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A 12-year-old Argentinian girl reportedly died after attempting a deadly “choking challenge” that went viral on TikTok.
“There is no consolation for us [because] We gave her so much love,” the victim’s aunt, Laura Locke, told Jam Press about the tragedy that occurred Jan. 13 in Capitan Bermudez, Santa Fe County.
Milagros Soto was found with a rope wrapped around her neck when her father arrived home from work on Friday and discovered her lifeless body in her bedroom, according to an autopsy report obtained by Argentina’s El Litoral newspaper.
Reports say she was broadcasting the challenge live to her school friends at the time of her death. She successfully attempted the challenge twice but failed to clear the noose on the third attempt, according to Jam Press.
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Soto’s aunt claimed that the student received a WhatsApp message containing the challenge link after being bullied at school.
“I think someone encouraged her to do it,” said his bereaved relative. “She suffered a lot from bullying.”
Also known as the “Blackout Challenge,” The Daily Beast reports that a dangerous stunt that encourages participants to suffocate themselves until they faint has been accused of killing at least 20 children since mid-2021.
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Experts have warned that the viral trend can lead to fainting, brain damage, seizures, and worse, according to the New York Post. The media outlet reported that TikTok is facing death lawsuits after two girls in California hanged themselves after watching “blackout challenge” videos on the social media platform.
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TikTok did not respond to The Post’s request for comment. In the past, the streaming platform has denied responsibility for the ongoing problem, saying that “choking game” injuries from youths long predate the blackout challenge.
Meanwhile, TikTok users are encouraged to report anyone participating in the challenge by clicking on the icon that says “Report,” states The Post.