6-year old girl found hanging from a jump rope31
The New York Daily News has reported the kind of tragedy that almost none of us want to think about. A six year old girl was found hanging from a jump rope in what many believe to be an apparent suicide.
It appears that after being placed in foster care, the girl’s suicidal and homicidal thoughts began to increase, leading to the tragedy. Police are stunned by what they’ve seen, surprised that a child of that age would do something like that to herself.
Kendrea Johnson’s body was found on December 27th, according to the Star Tribune. She left a note after the incident with the words, “I’m sorry.” Another note stated, “I’m sad for what I do.”
Police say they are trying to make sure they are clear about the cause of death. They say that the little girl’s psychiatric records show thoughts that are clearly disturbing, and that she has drawn pictures of children hanging from nooses in the past.
“We just did our due diligence to tear this case apart and look at every angle,” Brooklyn Park Police Deputy Chief Mark Bruley said. “It’s hard to believe that it was even possible. We may never know if it was suicide or an accident.”
Kendrea’s grandmother, Mary Lee Broadus, says that she was a “happy-go-lucky” child, and appeared to be “normal.” But foster care ruined all of that. The sense of abandonment apparently got the best of her, and turned her into a different person.
The child was taken out of the home after her mother was accused of abusing drugs. First, her grandmother had custody and then the child was being sent to different foster homes. The child was being treated for post traumatic stress disorder, which affects millions of children from violent communities or abusive situations. She also had issues with anger, anxiety and stress, which was quite a load for her at the age of six.
Therapists also say that the girl’s difficult experiences made her feel guilty and unlovable. She had marks on her neck indicating that she’d tried to kill herself in the past, according to police. She also threatened to kill her foster mother with a screwdriver.
According to George Realmuto, a University of Minnesota psychiatry professor, children that age rarely kill themselves, but it is possible when dealing with a difficult enough situation. However, police say that the knot on the girl’s jump rope was very complicated for a child to have tied, leading them to investigate.
“Somebody did it,” her grandmother said, convinced that Kendrea would never do such a thing.
Willie Venzant, Kendrea’s uncle, says the foster care situation is at fault, putting the child into a worse situation than before.
“They took her and put her in a worse situation,” he said. “The state didn’t do their job.”
Kendrea’s foster parents, Tannise and Adrea Nawaqavou, were taking care of the girl’s brother as well. They said they were planning to adopt her before she died. Now, their foster care license has been suspended.