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10-year-old chokes to death during TikTok Challenge

FILE PHOTO: A female dead body with focus on her hand.
Photo credit: Deccan Herald

A 10-year-old girl, Antonella Sicomero, has accidentally choked herself to death in Italy.

According to reports in Italy, the incident happened while she was taking part in a terrifying TikTok challenge.

The Sun UK reports that Antonella was found lifeless on the bathroom floor by her four-year-old sister in Palermo, Sicily.

She told her family she was going for a shower – but investigators are said to believe she was really filming herself for the online craze.

Antonella’s heartbroken dad Angelo said another of Antonella’s sisters told him she had been taking part in a TikTok challenge, La Repubblica reports.

He told the paper: “Antonella was playing the game of asphyxiation.

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“My daughter, little Antonella, who dies because of an extreme game on TikTok, how can I accept it?”

Police in Sicily have seized Antonella’s phone and are investigating possible links to social media sites, according to reports.

Like the dangerous Blue Whale challenge, the craze Antonella is feared to have joined is a sick game that has been popular on TikTok over the past year.

Experts have warned of the risks associated with these challenges, including fainting, seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Public prosecutors in Palermo have opened two investigations for “instigation to suicide”.

Antonella’s mobile has been seized by investigators, who are looking into if she was broadcasting live, if she had been invited to play the game by someone else or if she was making the film for a friend.

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