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Samantha Kuberski, only 6 years old, the smallest girl who commits suicide

Samantha Kuberski, only 6 years old, the smallest girl who commits suicide

March 27, 2024

Samantha Kuberski , a girl of 6 years, was a cheerful person who went to school. In December 2009, he took his own life. Apparently he had no problems, so his suicide missed the health professionals.

When forensic doctors examined his body in Yamhill County, south of Portland, they declared that it had indeed been suicide, turning Samantha into a the youngest person who took his life.

The smallest girl who commits suicide

The events occurred on December 2 in the US state of Oregon. After an argument with her mother, Samantha was punished in her room. While her mother and sisters were in different rooms in her house in McMinnville, the girl climbed into a crib that the Kuberski family had, but did not use.


After putting a belt around the neck, dropped from the top of the crib's railing . When Kellie, her mother, entered the room she saw the unconscious body of little Samantha. Although he tried to revive her, he could not do anything to save his life. She was then transferred to the hospital where her death was officially announced.

Was little Samantha aware of what she was doing?

Samantha's parents and siblings were interrogated by the police, but it was the agents of the authorities themselves who later declared that they did not find signs that the girl had been the victim of abuse at some point in her life .


What is striking about this case is the question of whether Samantha was really aware of her tragic death. While the medical-forensic team that examined the victim reported that it was a suicide, the police officers in charge of the investigation insisted that it could be an accident. Further, they questioned that such a small girl was aware of the consequences of their actions , and had similar opinions from some experts, such as psychiatrist Dr. Kirk Wolfe.

Do children understand the meaning of suicide?

"Many children this age are not aware of what death means," Wolfe told Yamhill Valley News. He added that: "It is not until the age of 8, 9 or 10 that they begin to understand the meaning of death, and that there is no return once it occurs."

The relationship between depression and suicide

The lack of hope for the future and the loss of autonomy from life and feelings are two of the most common causes that occur for a person to make the decision to commit suicide. Since the depression is capable of incapacitating a person and this usually rejects the help that can provide family and friends , its diagnosis is complicated in many occasions. Depressed people pay too much attention to the negative aspects of life, living in an eternal pessimism.


It is the lack of hope and future expectations that causes suicidal ideas to be generated and ends up committing the act. In fact, there have been many studies with older people on depressive disorder and suicide, but what happens in the mind of a child to take his life?

In addition to adult life, suicidal ideas are very common during adolescence, without this meaning that there is an imminent danger to life . If these ideas are not associated with different factors (understood as risk factors) or planned, possibly suicide will not be carried out. In adolescence it is considered that for each adolescent who commits suicide, they try about three hundred.

Suicidal acts are not common in individuals under 15 years of age

If there are many adolescents who have suicidal ideas, the same is not true for children under 10 years of age. In fact, it is almost impossible to find studies that refer to this phenomenon . Regarding this, the psychiatrists Karaman and Durukan (2013), write:

"Suicide before the age of 15 is not common. Many of the suicides of children and adolescents occur after that age. According to a study by the Center for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted in 2009, the ratio of suicide in children aged 10 to 14 years was 1.3 per 100,000, among young people aged 15 to 19 it was 7.75. per 100,000, and in people 20 to 24 years old, it was 12.5 per 100,000. "

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