New Hampshire police are investigating an incident in which a group of teenagers allegedly hung a biracial 8-year-old boy from a tree, as reported by Valley News.
The boy’s grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, said her grandson and a group of teenagers were playing in a yard in their neighborhood on August 28 when the teens started calling the boy racial epithets and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs. This allegedly led to the teens tying a rope around the young boy’s neck, standing him on top of a picnic table and then pushing him off of it, in what family members are calling an attempted lynching.
“If it was an accident, that boy or anybody there wouldn’t have left him,” she said, noting that none of the teens came to his aid as he swung in the air. “I believe it was intentional.”
According to the boy’s mother, Cassandra Merlin, the unidentified 10-year-old was flown to a hospital in Dartmouth, where he was treated for his injuries, as reported by The Root.
“So my son is being flown to Dartmouth after a 14-year-old kid decided to hang him from a tree. I don’t care if this was a so called accident or not,” she wrote in a now deleted Facebook post. “My son almost died because of some little s*** teenage kids.”
The 10-year-old’s Uncle, Lyrik Merlin, took to Facebook where he alluded that he believed the attack was racially motivated.
“You know what is the most sick part about what happened to my nephew? My first thought was that somebody did something to him because he’s biracial,” he wrote. “That’s a sad and scary thought.”
The family also says that Claremont police have tried to keep the incident under the radar, though Police Chief Mark Chase has stated that the only reason they haven’t been more transparent about the case is because it pertains to juveniles.
“Mistakes they make as a young child should not have to follow them for the rest of their life,” he said, confirming that the case is under active investigation.
Slattery told reporters that the boy won’t speak about the incident or express his emotions and that his mother is “traumatized.” The 10-year-old experienced no internal injuries, which his grandmother attributed to his “guardian angel.”
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