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Tijuana boy, 9, dies after trying ‘blackout challenge’ on TikTok

tijuana (Border Report) – A 9-year-old boy died in Tijuana last week after attempting a so-called “blackout challenge” that went viral on social media app TikTok. That’s according to neighbors and Tijuana police.

The videos posted encourage people to suffocate themselves until they pass out.

The boy was identified as Matthias who lived in Hacienda Las Delicias Cologne On the south side of Tijuana.

Neighbors found him hanging from a tree.

Neighbors found Matthias hanging from this tree. Police say the boy had a hose around his neck when they arrived at the scene. (Jorge Nieto/Special to the Border Report)

A woman, who did not want to be identified, said that she tried to help the boy.

“When I got there he was already on the ground, I gave him first aid and I could barely feel the heartbeat,” she said. “When the police and paramedics got there he wasn’t responding.”

According to the police, they found the boy with a water hose wrapped around his neck.

One of the children, a friend of the young victim, told the police that Matthias was trying to defy the power outages they saw on their phones.

Matthias was left unattended by his mother who was at work.

Several other children have died doing the same thing as Matthias in recent months.

Young children have also died in Colorado, Oklahoma, and as far away as Italy.

“It does not allow content that encourages, promotes or glorifies potentially dangerous behavior and that its teams are working hard to identify and remove content that violates its policies,” TikTok said.

It’s asking people who come across someone trying to challenge the blackout to report the video immediately.

According to its website, people can tap the arrow on the right side of the screen while watching the video before tapping the flag that says “report” and selecting “suicide, self-harm, and dangerous acts.”

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