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No Charges Filed In Internet Suicide Case

A Missouri prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed against people who sent cruel Internet messages to a 13-year-old girl before she committed suicide.
   The parents of Megan Meier say their daughter hanged herself last year minutes after she received mean messages through the social networking site MySpace.
   St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas says there's no applicable statute to file charges in the case. He says he looked at laws related to stalking, harassment and child endangerment --
but that in this case, he found no repeated incidents of threats to someone's life or health, and no organized conspiracy.
   The prosecutor says the page was created by an employee of a mother from the girl's neighborhood. The report says the man fabricated a profile for a teenage boy online who pretended to be interested in Megan before he began bullying her.
   After the case became public, Missouri's governor asked lawmakers to review state law to see if changes were necessary to better deal with cases that involve Internet bullying.
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