Family of biracial child who survived near-hanging wants answers

Family of biracial child who survived near-hanging wants answers

Family of biracial child who survived near-hanging wants answers

As of now, the Claremont police chief has confirmed that they are investigating the incident but has refused to provide further details since all involved parties are juveniles.

More than 100 people, holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome", gathered at a park to offer support to the family of an 8-year-old biracial boy who was almost hanged by a group of teenagers.

Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt and Police Chief Mark Chase will attend a community event Tuesday night aimed at responding to the alleged race-based attack of a young biracial boy in town, McNutt said.

The 8-year-old biracial boy was pushed off of a picnic table August 28 with a rope around his neck, and taunted with racial slurs by a group of teenagers, according to the child's family, which released photos showing the boy's injured neck.

In a statement, Sununu said he's asked for regular updates on how the investigation is proceeding.

The child's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told Valley News the incident was nearly certainly racially motivated. The boy's mother later posted pictures showing rope burn on the boy's neck on Facebook.

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"Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Hampshire", he said. "One boy said to (her grandson), 'Let's do this, ' and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him".

After the alleged incident, the boy was rushed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

She said she has pieced together the story from her granddaughter and a few other children who were present. No adults are believed to have witnessed the incident.

He swung three times before being able to free himself and the teenagers supposedly did not help the boy. "I don't care if this was a so called accident or not", she wrote in a now deleted Facebook post.

"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. Claremont was 96 percent white, 0.6 percent African American and 1.8 biracial, according to the 2010 census, the Valley News and the Root noted.

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