Ten-year-old Jasmine McClain from Chadbourn, North Carolina, has been found dead in her bedroom after allegedly being bullied at school.
The girl was found hanged by her mother Samantha West at their home on Monday evening.
Samantha West said: “She was just such a loving child. I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms.”
The mother described Jasmine McClain as “sweet and fun-loving” and said she was unaware that the girl was so tormented by bullying at her local elementary school.
Samantha West told local TV station WRAL-TV: “It’s a shame that kids are that cruel.”
Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw ruled the death a suicide but his investigation lead him to Facebook where comments had been posted by Jasmine McClain’s classmates that she had been targeted.
Chief Steven Shaw said: “Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied – and bullied bad – in school.”
The police chief was unable to comment on whether anyone was liable for Jasmine McCain’s death but said that the investigation was ongoing.
It is believed that Jasmine McCain was tormented at Chadbourn Elementary, where she was picked on her about her clothes and shoes.
The girl didn’t attend school for a short while before returning to classes last month. Her mother said she had dreaded going back.
Chadbourn Elementary, where the flag flew at half-mast following Jasmine McCain’s death, said they had conducted their own internal investigation and were working closely with the police.
Concerns have been raised after several children committed suicide in recent months following reports of bullying.