Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Biracial boy in New Hampshire almost hung to death by teens

Biracial boy in New Hampshire almost hung to death by teens

The grandmother says none of the teens tried to help her grandson. Family accounts of the incident reported by the Valley News allege the teens stood on top of the picnic table and grabbed a rope attached to a tire swing.

"The [teenagers] said, 'look at this, ' supposedly putting the rope around their necks", Slattery told Valley News. It is unclear how the rope got around her grandson's neck but the grandmother claims that the teens pushed them off the table. "Claremont Police detectives assigned to this case are taking all steps possible to investigate the incident and have been doing so since the police became involved in this matter in late August".

The boy's mother, Cassandra Merlin, posted the horrific photo of her baby's neck to Facebook, and even then gave those responsible the benefit of the doubt.

NH1.com reports that a Claremont, N.H., boy had to be flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after one or more teens chose to hang him from a tree with a rope. Without any internal injuries? "I think he had a guardian angel out there".

The incident has ignited local and national outcry over what has been cast by many, particularly on social media, as a hate crime against a biracial child.

Meanwhile, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase issued his first, detailed statement Tuesday on the incident that's two weeks old and vowed to pursue tougher criminal penalties if the attack proves to have been racially motivated. "The investigation principally revolves around the conduct of people who are 14 years-of-age or younger".

Also on Tuesday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) issued a statement calling for state police to assist officials in Claremont.

Injuries to an 8-year-old boy after an alleged attack in New Hampshire. "I don't care if this was a so called accident or not", she wrote in a now deleted Facebook post.

Since then, many across the state have called for more information from law enforcement and an aggressive community response.

She said she has pieced together the story from her granddaughter and a few other children who were present.

The town of Claremeont, N.H., has 13,000 residents, and is 96 percent white, 0.6 percent African-American, and 1.8 percent biracial, according to the 2010 Census.

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