Nine-Year-Old New York Girl Commits Suicide Months After Mother Delivers Stepbrother


(Updated 1/29/2014) Eight months after a Bronx couple welcomed a baby boy their nine-year-old daughter hung herself in the bathroom of their home, reportedly because she couldn’t accept having a new baby in the house.

On Jan. 19, Tamiqua Torres, 31, went to check on her daughter, believing the girl was taking an extremely long time in the shower. When she opened the bathroom door she found her daughter, Justice Williams, dangling from the frame of the shower with a white cloth tied around her neck.

“We were as happy as happy could be until one day [when] my then-8-year-old woke up and decided that she wasn’t exactly thrilled about being a Big Sister,” Torres wrote on her blog. “I mean who could blame her, she spent the last 8 years all to herself, being spoiled by everyone, only having to share while in school.”

According to The New York Daily News, Williams reportedly told several family members she “wanted to die” when her mother told her of her pregnancy. A source close to the family said Torres sought professional help and placed her daughter in therapy last year after her daughter told her she was suicidal.

Torres married her current husband, Raymond Torres, in 2011 and gave birth to their son in August 2013. When the baby arrived, Torres posted on her blog that her daughter might have been warming up to the idea of being a big sister.

“Fast forward to August when he arrived and she was happy and reassured that although her world has forever changed she loves him more than she thought she would,” she wrote. “The road my family and I traveled to get where we are now was not smooth we faced many road bumps but over came them as a stronger family unit than I imagined us to be.”

“It’s an unforeseen tragedy,” Wardel Fenderson, the girl’s grandfather, told the Daily News. “I’m feeling like a block of ice. I’m numb.”

Nine-Year-Old New York Girl Commits Suicide Months After Mother Delivers Stepbrother

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