Katrina Goss says her 11-year-old son, Tysen, fatally injured himself because, she claims, he believed the 13-year-old he had may have been “secretly dating” had killed herself. The girl had not killed herself. It has been reported that authorities say her alleged fake suicide was a prank that got out of hand.

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In a Dr. Phil exclusive airing Monday, Katrina, who says she found her son in his closet when she went to tuck him into bed on the night of March 14, reveals what she claims a local police detective told her what transpired that night.

“Well, he had been texting back and forth with the 13-year-old girl and - she had pulled a big prank on him, and told him she killed herself and she reiterated - like she confirmed it by using a friend’s account to pretend she was the friend - like saying she was the friend and she said that the girl had killed herself. So for Tysen - he thought that he heard it from her and then he heard it from the friend, the alleged friend and -- so he thought it was for sure,” Katrina claims.

Katrina says she doesn’t have any details about the messages between Tysen and his friend because police have kept his phone as evidence. The eighth-grader has since been charged with two misdemeanors: malicious use of telecommunications service and using a computer to commit a crime.

What does Katrina say she noticed that was “different” about Tysen’s behavior in the months leading up to his death? Tune in to this Dr. Phil exclusive on Monday.  

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If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741. The Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals, and is open 24/7.

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