This should not happen to anyone – let alone an eight-year-old boy.
Now a Claremont family is demanding answers after their son was practically lynched by teens almost twice his age.
The family say their little boy is lucky to be alive. Protests have taken place in New Hampshire for justice for the little boy who is remaining unnamed.
But since the suspects are juveniles, their identities are being protected by certain privacy laws.
The boy is biracial and his family believes that the incident was racially motivated.
His grandmother, Lorrie Slattery, told Valley News that around 5 p.m. on August 28th, the group of teens started calling her grandson “racial epithets” and threw sticks and rocks at his legs.
Then horrifically some of the teens some of the teens then grabbed a rope and put it around the boy’s neck.
They then hung him from a tree.
“The (teenagers) said, ‘Look at this,’ supposedly putting the rope around their necks,” Slattery said. “One boy said to (her grandson), ‘Let’s do this,’ and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him.”
He was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Traumatized, he was able to tell an interviewer who specializes in child abuse that he was swung back and forth 3-4 times.
He was then able to set himself free.
The little boy’s mother vented her anger and frustrations on Facebook.
“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,” Cassandra Merlin wrote.
“My son almost died because of some little sh** teenage kid.”
Merlin claims police told her there wasn’t anything they could do because one or more of the teenagers claimed the incident was an accident.
“If it was an accident, that boy or anybody there wouldn’t have left him,” she said. “I believe it was intentional.”