Failing Private Burnham: An Investigation into a Minn. Soldier's Assault, Death

October 29, 2018 08:08 AM

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is investigating the sexual assault and harassment of a Minnesota soldier that led to her suicide.

Newly-obtained military documents show the U.S. Army failed to protect her.


Private Nicole Burnham's family said she was on the path to becoming a career soldier, dedicated to serving her county.

However, a series of events led Burnham to take her own life.

In military documents obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, the Army links that series of events directly to Burnham's suicide.

Burnham reported she was sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier when she was stationed at Camp Casey in South Korea.

Military records detail a series of failures, inactions and policy violations that could have saved her life.

The 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation reveals after the sexual assault, Burnham faced harassment, isolation and cyberbullying by fellow soldiers and their wives.

Military documents reveal Burnham's chain of command failed to address those events.

Investigative Reporter Kirsten Swanson shares the series of events that ended up failing Private Burnham, Monday at 10 p.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.


Kirsten Swanson

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