A teenage girl committed suicide over an Internet hoax

October 15th, 2008 - 1:10 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

MyspaceThe teenage girl committed suicide was not the only girl exchanging messages with “Josh Evans,” a fake MySpace address but operated by a woman who is now charged in the girl’s death.

Lori Drew of O’Fallon, Mo., who is accused of creating a fake -identity account on the social networking site and posing as a teenage boy and also befriending her 13-year-old neighbor, Megan Meier. In 2006, Meier hanged herself after receiving messages from Drew on the fake account saying the world would be better off without her. Now, she is being treated for attention deficit disorder and depression. In his motion, Steward seeked the phone records of S.D. to prove that prosecutors mistakenly linked Meier to a message that S.D. actually sent to the fake account. Attorney Dean Steward filed a request in the court for the phone records of a second teenage girl identified by the initials “S.D.”
Prosecutors said the messages which listed in the Drew indictment as “Overt Act 9″ and was sent by Meier because she was induced by Drew to flirt with the fictitious teenage boy.

The case is scheduled for trial next month.

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