The child’s father found her hanging in a closet of their house in Henry County, Ga., around 8 p.m. on Friday, Locust Grove Police Department Chief Jesse Patton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He called 911 right away, police said, but the little girl was pronounced dead upon arrival at Henry County Hospital.
Authorities said they believe the 8-year-old girl could have committed suicide. An autopsy will be performed on Monday, Patton said, but foul play is not suspected. No arrests have been made.
“The parents are distraught and we are giving them time to grieve, but we are continuing with an investigation,” he said.
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