Missouri Teen in 'Daisy' Rape Case Attempts Suicide

Daisy Coleman in hospital, says her mother

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2014 12:06 PM CST

(Newser) – A Missouri teenager whose allegations of rape against a popular football player and subsequent bullying became a national story is in the hospital after a suicide attempt, reports Fox4KC. Daisy Coleman, who says she was raped in 2012 at age 14 by a 17-year-old boy who got her drunk at a party, tried to take her own life on Sunday, her mother tells the local station. "She may never be OK," wrote Melinda Coleman on Facebook. She also implored Anonymous to take up her daughter's case again.

Prosecutors in tiny Maryville dropped charges against the 17-year-old boy, citing a lack of evidence, recounts the Daily News. When the Kansas City Star wrote about the case, it became national news, and Daisy did TV interviews about the allegations. She says her friend was raped by another boy at the same party. After the story came to light, Daisy and her family were subjected to harassment and bullying from others in the community, reports the Fox station. Daisy attended a party briefly on Saturday, then was "terrorized" online about it, says her mother.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, supporters of Daisy Coleman rally outside the Nodaway County Court House in Maryville, Mo.
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, supporters of Daisy Coleman rally outside the Nodaway County Court House in Maryville, Mo.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
Some attendees of a Justice for Daisy rally wear Guy Fawkes masks in Maryville, Mo., Oct. 22, 2013.
Some attendees of a "Justice for Daisy" rally wear Guy Fawkes masks in Maryville, Mo., Oct. 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/The St. Joseph News-Press, Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
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