Skip to comments.Samantha Kuberski, Six Years Old, Youngest Suicide Victim in Oregon State History
Posted on 04/06/2010 3:43:44 PM PDT by LibWhacker
Six-year-old Samantha Kuberski was a happy kid who did well at school. Which is why tragedy was compounded by shock back in January, when medical examiners in Yamhill County, south of Portland, declared Samantha's death a suicide, making her the youngest person to take her own life in Oregon's history.
On December 2, the first-grader was allegedly sent to her room after getting in a fight with her mom. While her mother and three sisters were in other parts of their McMinnville house, Samatha reportedly crawled into an unused crib that had no mattress or box spring, tied a cordurouy belt around her neck and onto the crib's top railing and hung herself.
Samantha was found unconscious and rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her parents and siblings were later interviewed by police, who ruled out any foul play and said they found no signs that the young girl had ever been abused.
Now the only thing left to parse is what to call Samantha's tragic death. While the medical examiner has ruled it a suicide, detectives insist on calling it an accident, saying that a child that small could have no idea of the consequences of her actions, an argument backed up by adolescent psychiatrists like Dr. Kirk Wolfe.
"Most kids this age are not aware of what death actually is," he told the Yamhill Valley News-Register. "Not until they get to be 8, 9 and 10 do they understand death is final and you don't come back."
Man, six years old... I'm surprised it doesn't say 'the youngest person to take her own life in the history of the planet.' Can't conceive of anyone that young doing that.
Somehting is more than fishy
Constantly thought about it at that age
She had to have learned the behavior somewhere.
So sad. Prayers to her parents.
It’s true that six year olds have no concept of death.
My 6 year old is continually tying things around her neck and is told to cut it out. I think the kid was playing and paid the ultimate price for not having common sense.
Wow, Flav... sorry to hear that. HOpe things are better for you now.
Here in Dallas there was recently a 9-year old boy who killed himself because he was bullied at school.
These kinds of stories hit hard when you have kids that age.
The only thing I can think of is that this kid must have burdened with a tremendous sense of guilt. Some children are repeatedly told they are worthless, are bad kids always doing things wrong, and made to feel guilty for small transgressions or for even existing.
The family dynamics, how everyone in this family relates to one another, could be eye-opening.
Ever heard of Television? (not saying it is the fault of television)
1. If intentional, I wonder where she learned that?
2. When I was that old, I had no understanding that death was permanent. I thought it was like the RoadRunner cartoons where the coyote falls thousands of feet to his death and then is back chasing the bird mere seconds later.
So either the kid “committed suicide” but with no concept of what she was doing or she watched something on television and decided to act out the same way some children jump off rooftops to test their supposed ability to fly.
I had a pretty good concept of death when I was three.
Or someone killed her.
The roughest spanking my eldest daughter ever got was for tying something around her neck.
I think I broke the wooden spoon, in fact.
Happens that young every few years in Japan.
Movies TV etc....
The finality of death?
That has to be the case. No truly loved child entertains suicide at that age.
I dont’ think she meant to kill herself.
Probably an accident.
When I was three I had a concept of... tricycle. LOl!
“Or someone killed her.”
Maybe mommy was more pissed at her than everyone thought.
The only lesson to learn from this story is that life is a horrible curse and nobody should exist in the first place.
I’m not so sure. Depression is a horrible thing. It hits some people very early, and having a loving home life doesn’t make one immune.
She wasn’t a depressed kid, according to the story.
“Or someone killed her.”
This seems like more of a possibility than most on this forum or the article comments even seem to want to explore.
maybe nobody knew she was depressed, and that was the problem.
Children imitate what they see on TV and some times that can lead to a fatal result.
Turn on your closest TV to answer your question.
Tragic for both the family and our culture.
Yes, she must have seen someone doing something similar.
My brother and I jumped off the roof of our house while holding umbrellas, figuring they'd work like parachutes. (Fortunately we were both fine.)
I agree. It’s one thing to wrap something around one’s neck. It’s another to affix one end to the crib, wrap the other around the neck, climb up and over the rail....I have reasonable doubt on the coroner’s theory.
*Six years old*....that's the key.
I was tutoring six year old twins after their school day.
A note came home advising that one of their classmates had died and the parents should discuss this with their children.
When I mentioned to the boys that Jon had gotten very sick over the weekend and died they told me the teacher had told them that but they were sure that Jon would be back in school on Monday.
My daughter is 7 and is sometimes morbidly obsessed with death. We are completely “normal” people and cover the issue of death in age appropriate manner. Some people are simply different and have been since the womb.
I thought my sister and I were the only kids dumb enough to try that stunt.
P.S. the landing is no softer if you are wearing a cape either.
“No truly loved child entertains suicide at that age.”
I don’t think that’s true.
What is not infomercial time on my cable TV is mainly murder, suicide, and other such 'blood' drama. Not hard for any child to be exposed to either the concept nor the methodology, in fact, it takes paying attention to avoid giving them a nightly dose of slaughter.
I think it is absolutely true
I’m not buying it either. Most six year olds can’t tie knots by themselves, and need help fastening their belts. Not to mention needing help tying the laces on their shoes.
Also, most normal six year olds wouldn’t climb into a baby crib willingly. They usually transition to sleeping in a bed before that age. And if a six year old was using a crib as a hiding place, they would most likely hide under the crib, not inside it.
No, I suspect what happened is the poor girl was sent to the crib as punishment. Someone must have tied her inside the crib with a belt around the neck to keep her inside the crib... and as she tried to escape the crib, she accidentally hung herself. This is not likely a suicide. Samantha Kuberski, six years old, was murdered accidentally, either by her parents or perhaps one of her siblings. This is definitely a murder case.
Or, a kook suggested it to her
Geeze...when I was 7 the only two things that meant anything to me was if my mother was fixing lima beans for supper and when the next cowboy show was on the tube.Either I was exceptionally stupid or your daughter is exceptionally "deep".
You don’t know everything, FRiend.
Could it be someone smothered her with a pillow, THEN hanged her there?