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Mother of student sues Amazon after daughter purchased cyanide online, used it to commit suicide

September 5, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mother of student sues Amazon after daughter purchased cyanide online, used it to commit suicide

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The mother of a 20-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who killed herself on campus in February of 2013 is suing both the university and the online retailer that sold her cyanide, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.

Arya Singh’s mother filed the complaint in July in Common Pleas Court, alleging that the University was hostile toward the student, who was struggling with her classes following a sexual assault in 2011.

Amazon is also targeted in the complaint for allowing the purchase of soluble cyanide crystals, which Singh bought from a vendor in Thailand in December of 2012.

According to the report, Singh’s mother alleges in the lawsuit that the university was antagonistic toward Singh and didn’t provide her proper support in the wake of a sexual assault Singh had reported to authorities in 2011. The male student allegedly responsible did not face charges and stayed at the university.

Singh, a junior in the university’s nursing school who was from Allentown, Pa., faced difficulties in the years afterward that resulted in academic and misconduct investigations.

According to the report, Singh was ordered by a University employee to vacate the room the day she died, since the pending academic investigations lead to Singh being unable to register for classes and thus unable to live on campus.

The report included the allegation a university official wrote they had “no sympathy” for Singh in an email, adding “she deserves anything you dish out to her.”

Amazon is named in the suit for allowing Singh to make the cyanide purchase, and reports that at least 51 cyanide products were sold through Amazon in the U.S. prior to Singh buying the poison, with 11 of those purchases leading to the buyer’s death.

The website began halting sales of cyanide products on Feb. 2, 2013, six days before Singh was found unresponsive in her dorm room by her roommate.

Both Amazon and the university told Philly.com they don’t comment on pending litigation.

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