Family of biracial child who survived near-hanging wants answers

New Hampshire Police Refuse to Release Information in Case of 8-Year-Old Biracial Boy Who Was Nearly Lynched

New Hampshire Police Refuse to Release Information in Case of 8-Year-Old Biracial Boy Who Was Nearly Lynched

The grandmother says none of the teens tried to help her grandson.

"One boy said... 'Let's do this, ' and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him", Slattery said.

"These people need to be protected", Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said of the teenagers accused of hanging the boy. He was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and sustained cuts and welts to his neck, according to a now-deleted Facebook post by his mother, Cassandra Merlin.

A Facebook post from August 28 by the boy's uncle included a widely-circulated photo of the boy's neck, swollen and scarred. He did not suffer internal injuries.

NH1.com reports that a Claremont, N.H., boy had to be flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after one or more teens made a decision to hang him from a tree with a rope.

"I think he had a guardian angel", the boy's grandmother, Lorrie Slattery told the newspaper.

The child was treated at a local hospital. In recent weeks, family members and activists have expressed outrage over the lack of information given out by Claremont police, which has consistently cited confidentiality laws protecting juveniles. He has since been released and has returned to school in Claremont.

The news release was the first time police specified that the investigation revolved around people who were all ages 14 and under.

Meanwhile, civil rights organizations in New Hampshire and elsewhere are calling for more transparency in the investigation. Say what you want, but when the US president defends avowed white supremacists, one can't be surprised when bullying takes on a decidedly racist tone as it did with an 8-year-old biracial boy who was hung from a tree in the year 2017.

"Yesterday on my instruction, the Attorney General's office sent a team to Claremont to provide assistance", Gov. Chris Sununu (R) said in a statement shared with TPM Tuesday.

"I nearly lost my grandson, I nearly lost him", Slattery told CBS. "I don't care if this was a so called accident or not", she wrote in a now deleted Facebook post. They say they hope this will be the beginning of a conversation about race relations in Claremont. 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. The community is gathering in the town square Tuesday evening to denounce racism.

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