10-Year-Old California Girl Dies by Suicide as Police Suggest Bullying May Have Been Involved

Police in California are investigating the role bullying may have played in the death of a 10-year-old girl, who died by apparent suicide on Sunday.

The girl was discovered in a home in Santa Ana by her 9-year-old sister, Santa Ana Police Department Public Information Officer Anthony Bertagna tells PEOPLE.

As part of an investigation into her death, authorities are reviewing her social media interactions amid claims that there were “some rumors” of bullying.

“Obviously, it’s not often that you get a 10-year-old that, at this point, appears to be a suicide,” Bertagna says. “There were some rumors of bullying. We have nothing to substantiate that at this point. We’ve collected all the electronic devices in the family, we’re looking through social media, interviewing her friends, interviewing her neighbors to see what occurred and if bullying was part of that.”

The victim’s family identified her as Allison Wendel to CW affiliate KTLA.

“She was a beautiful little girl full of happiness and she was always smiling,” cousin Bonnie Mesinas said.

Mesinas also organized a GoFundMe page for Wendel’s family that has since raised more than $6,000.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Rachel DeSantis