Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Kailia Posey death rocks hometown, child pageant world

- — Martha Ross, Bay Area News Group

The reported suicide of 16-year-old “Toddlers and Tiaras” star Kailia Posey might renew longstandi­ng questions about the culture of child and teen beauty pageants, which are known to be fiercely competitiv­e and potentiall­y mentally harmful. In the more immediate term, Kailia's death has devastated her hometown of Lynden, Washington, near the Canadian border. In her most recent competitio­n, she represente­d her hometown as Miss Teen Lynden in the Miss Teen Washington contest. Her mother, Marcy Posey Gatterman, confirmed her daughter's death in a Facebook post.

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