Coroner: Decatur teen hangs self

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a teenage girl apparently hanged herself from a balcony at an apartment in Decatur.

Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard said the body of a 15-year-old Austin High School student was found hanging from the balcony by her sister just after 4 p.m. Monday.

She was the third female teenager to commit suicide in Morgan County in the past five months. Beard said he didn't think there was any connnection between them.

He said the number of teen suicides varies from year to year and during peak times there are "maybe five or six in a year" in the county.

Neighbors told The Decatur Daily the girl lived with her grandparents but they were at a Decatur hospital where her grandfather was receiving medical treatment at the time of the
girl's death.

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