A biracial 8-year-old boy was airlifted to a New Hampshire hospital after being hung from a tree by a group of White teens.
On Sunday, The Root reported that a child from Claremont, New Hampshire was racially taunted, hit with sticks and rocks and later hung from by a group of boys he’d been playing with in his neighborhood in late August.
The boy swung back and forth three times before being able to release himself during the incident which took place on the evening of August 28. The young child before , whose identity has not been released, with heinous rope marks around his neck. He was driven to Valley Regional Hospital by his mother before being flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Fortunately, he did not suffer any internal injuries.
The child’s grandmother Lori Slattery shared the recollection of events imparted to her by her 11-year-old granddaughter who was outside with her brother when he was hung.
“The (teenagers) said, ‘Look at this,’ supposedly putting the rope around their necks,” Slattery told Valley News who first reported on the story on Tuesday. “One boy said to (her grandson), ‘Let’s do this,’ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.”
Slattery said her grandson has been emotionally distant and won’t talk about what took place that day.
A couple of hours after the incident, the boy’s mother Cassandra Merlin whom the sister sought after the hanging, posted a picture of her son’s injuries, which have since been removed, on Facebook. On Thursday, she clarified her intentions of posting about what happened to her son by saying that she wanted to demonstrate the reality of racism and plans on seeking justice for her son.
Cops are refusing to publicize any details on the case because the perpetrators are minors. Slattery said cops have informed that they are unable to punish the boys responsible for hanging the 8-year-old because they claimed it was an accident.
“If it was an accident, that boy or anybody there wouldn’t have left him,” she continued. “I believe it was intentional. I do believe he does not want to believe that he was being hurt purposefully. That is the kind of kid he is.”