Federal grand jury subpoenas MySpace over Internet suicide

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena to MySpace in the investigation into the death of a Missouri teen. The girl killed herself after receiving cruel messages that turned out to be a hoax.

The Los Angeles Times reports federal prosecutors are considering fraud charges against a mother in the girl's neighborhood. Prosecutors believe the woman, her daughter and a teenage employee fooled 13-year-old Megan Meier into thinking she was communicating with a 16-year-old boy.

The woman, Lori Drew, denies creating the fake MySpace account, but acknowledges being aware of it. She also denies sending any of the cruel messages or knowing about them.

Meier hanged herself in 2006 after receiving messages from the fictional boy, including one saying the world would be better off without her.

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