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Birmingham 9-year-old takes her own life; family hopes to spare others their pain

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Nov 13 2018 9:42 PM

A Birmingham family is grieving the loss of a 9-year-old girl who died Monday after she intentionally hanged herself in her bedroom closet three days earlier.


Madison “Maddie” Whittsett, a fourth-grader who is being remembered for her joyful heart and love of others, was pronounced dead at Children’s of Alabama Monday morning. Her mother, Eugenia Williams, and stepfather, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Lt. Jimmie Williams, said they hope that by speaking out about Maddie’s tragic death will spare others the pain they have experienced since Friday.


“We don’t want this to happen to anyone else,’’ Lt. Williams said.


Maddie arrived home from school Friday afternoon and quickly learned her mom had made plans for the two of them to go to Chick-fil -A for some mommy-daughter time. “Maddie loved Chick-fil-A and she was running through the house,’’ Lt. Williams said. “Her mom called me, and we talked for a second. Then one of her friends called and they were talking.”


Maddie’s mom then yelled for Maddie to get ready, they were going to leave shortly. She glanced outside - in the front yard and on the deck – but didn’t see her.


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