• Mother says 11-year-old son died mimicking prank YouTube video

    By: Matt Johnson , WSB-TV

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    FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A Georgia mother says her son mimicked a “hang myself” prank video on YouTube and accidentally killed himself.

    Cantenecia Stokes of East Point said she was horrified to see her 11-year-old son hanging from a rope in his bedroom closet last Saturday morning.

    “I lost my baby because of something he didn’t know really completely about,” Stokes said.

    She told WSB-TV’s Matt Johnson that Aundreis Bass accidentally hanged himself after watching prank videos about hanging on YouTube.

    That's what his three younger siblings told her as they watched him hang himself while their mother was making them breakfast.

    Stokes said they told her he wasn't breathing, and she ran to cut him down and call 911.

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    “I got a (breath) and that was it, and I panicked because I still wasn’t getting a response,” Stokes said.

    She says her first-born child had every reason to live.

    He loved drawing, listening to music and basketball.

    She later found out he didn't want to follow through with what he had done.

    “He panicked and he was trying to take himself out, and he didn’t know if you pull you're only worsening, it's tightening,” Stokes said.

    He was pronounced dead four days later at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

    Now Stokes says she is not letting her other children use the internet unsupervised.

    “It's gotten to the point where it's taking away our kids,” Stokes said.

    She wants other parents to know about the type of disturbing videos that their children may be watching.

    “I just don’t want nobody else to have to suffer what I went through,” Stokes said.

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