Previously, we reported on Heaven Cox, the 15-year-old Texas girl believed to have been abducted by an online predator. Heaven Cox’s death was announced on February 6, 2018, just two months after she was reunited with her family following a suspected abduction.
The cause of death has not been released. But her mother, Tammy Day Cox, said her daughter suffered from mental health problems.
On February 3 at 4:27 p.m., Tammy posted this plea on her official Facebook page: “I NEED EVERYONE TO STOP AND PRAY RIGHT NOW FOR HEAVEN!! IT’S AN EMERGENCY!!”
Less than three hours later, she posted an update: “Our sweet Heaven left us to be with Jesus this afternoon around 4:00. Some bright lights are not meant for this dark and cruel world… Sing with the angels sweet girl. I love you.”
Heaven Cox’s Mental Health Issues
As no cause of death has been revealed, there is speculation that Heaven’s death may have had something to do with the mental health issues that she suffered from for some period of time.
According to Tammy’s Facebook posts during Cox’s disappearance, her daughter suffered from “mental illness and is currently in a manic phase due to being off of her medication.”
It was later revealed that Heaven suffered from depression and was bipolar; a mental health condition that affects approximately one percent of the world’s population. It is marked by swings between depression and manic periods. The manic periods often are accompanied by an abnormally elevated mood and energy level.
Medication is the key for most sufferers to be able to treat their condition, and stabilize these swings in nature. Unfortunately, for those who are bipolar, not taking medication, or medication that doesn’t react well with the person’s body chemistry, can have disastrous consequences.
The risk of suicide in those who are bipolar is terribly large, with one study estimating that approximately six percent die through suicide in the two decades after diagnosis. Even more well engage in self-harming.
Social Media Harassment
Since Heaven Cox’s return and death, Tammy Cox has had to deal with horrible comments from strangers on the Internet. Some of these people even took it upon themselves to accuse Tammy of having something to do with her daughter’s death.
Tammy responded with a lengthy post on her Facebook page that suggested that these people were just missing something.
“A loss of tolerance, a loss of kindness, a loss of compassion and a loss of their own dignity. Without these things, no one can truly be the person that God intends us to be.”
She went on to tell her friends and family that the best way to deal with online harassers was to ignore them, and not play into their games. She followed that up by setting her Facebook privacy setting to a high level, so only friends and family have access to her posts.
Heaven Cox’s Mysterious Disappearance
Heaven Cox first made national headlines back in November 2017. The teenager, who according to her parents had been talking to an older man on Snapchat, simply vanished from her home in Mauriceville, Texas.
Authorities launched a nationwide manhunt for the teen. She was found safe on December 1 in Louisiana at an address belonging to a relative of someone she knew.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said it looked like Cox had run away of her own accord. Authorities have not confirmed whether the Snapchat predator was ever involved in her disappearance.
Responding to the hundreds of condolences left on her Facebook page, Tammy wrote: “Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us and reached out to us in love. We appreciate you more than you know.
“My heart is broken, she was the light and life in my home. I’m going to miss her terribly.”