07 August 2020 02:43
(CNN) Daisy Coleman, whose allegation of sexual assault and ensuing harassment was chronicled in the Netflix documentary "Audrie and Daisy," died by suicide on Tuesday, her mother confirmed on Facebook. "She was my best friend and (an) amazing daughter," Melinda Moeller Coleman wrote. "I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I wish I could have taken the pain from her!" Coleman's death comes eight years after she accused a high school classmate of sexual assault when she was 14 in her hometown of Maryville, Missouri. The student, Matthew Barnett, was arrested and charged with sexual assault.
The assault charge was dropped two months later as the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney said there was insufficient evidence. Barnett's attorney said that his client cooperated with authorities and argued the sex was consensual. Barnett ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to two years of probation.