A girl died of suffocation in Palermo (Sicily, southern Italy) while participating in a “headscarf game” challenge on social network TikTok, media reported on Friday.
Antonella, 10, who took part in a “blackout challenge” on TikTok, in the bathroom of the family house, had put a belt around her neck with the objective of staying without breathing as long as possible, while checking in with his cell phone.
It was her five-year-old little sister who discovered her unconscious body on Wednesday evening. Taken immediately to the Palermo Children’s Hospital by her parents, she did not survive.
A murderous game
The “headscarf game,” in which children block their breathing until they pass out for a thrill, causes accidents each year, some of which are fatal.
The parents told La Repubblica that it was another nine-year-old sister of Antonella who explained to them what had happened: “Antonella was playing the game of asphyxiation.”
An open investigation
“My daughter, my little Antonella who is dying from extreme gambling on TikTok: how can I accept it?” added Angelo Sicomero, who along with his wife decided to donate Antonella’s organs so that “other children can live because of her”.
The Palermo public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation for “incitement to suicide”. The girl’s cell phone has been seized by investigators, who will need to determine if Antonella was live with other participants, if someone invited her to participate in the challenge, or if she was making this video for a friend or family member. knowledge.