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'Accidental death' in case of eight-year-old boy who died by hanging

The young child was found hanging off his bed in his Pontypool home.

University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.
University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.
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A CORONER HAS recorded a verdict of “accidental death” in the case of an eight-year-old boy who was found hanged in his bedroom in Pontypool, South Wales.

The South Wales Argus reports that the coroners court heard that Christopher Furniss-Roe was sent to his room after a “childish incident involving a bucket” and his younger sister.

The court heard how the girl’s bucket had broke and she had suffered a cut lip.

The young boy’s parents told him to have a shower and go to his bed as a minor punishment.

When his father went upstairs to check on him fifteen minutes later, he found him hanging from his bunk bed’s guard rail with a belt around his neck.

The young boy’s father attempted to resuscitate him and he was taken to hospital. The following day a decision was made to turn of his life-support machine.

Speaking today at Gwent Coroners Court, Dr Stephen Leadbeatter of the University of Wales Hospital gave his opinion that what happened was a tragic accident:

[Christopher] had been naughty and as a result he had been sent to his room. It was far more probable that he was pretending to hang himself to get sympathy and forgiveness. But it all went tragically wrong.

Chief coroner David Bowen recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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