While her mother and three siblings were in another part of the house, the authorities said, Samantha got inside an unused crib that had no mattress or box spring. She placed a child's belt around her neck and tied it to the upper railing of the crib, hanging herself. The first-grader died at a hospital after the family and paramedics tried to save her.
Dr. Clifford Nelson, the deputy state medical examiner, ruled the death a suicide, a conclusion police did not support.
"The disagreement is a little more philosophical than it is material to the case," McMinnville police Capt. Dennis Marks said prior to the public records request. "It's not that we disagree with the mechanics of what happened. It's the finding that a 6-year-old could form that kind of intent."
Nelson said it's a disturbing case, but he couldn't "fudge the facts to make people feel better."
For now, her death is listed as the youngest suicide on record in Oregon. This classification will likely have both legal and societal implications.
As a side note: this obviously falls under the "orama" part of neatorama. As a parent I personally found the article incredibly disturbing on many levels.