After Years of Neglect, 9-year-old Boy Hangs Himself Only Days Before 10th Birthday


After years of neglect, a boy identified only as Gavin hanged himself just days before his 10th birthday. Gavin was found by his nine-year-old sibling.

When paramedics arrived, they described the house as dark – there were no lightbulbs in Gavin’s room or anywhere else upstairs in the house. In fact, they had to find lightbulbs downstairs in order to retrieve the unconscious boy.

 tristeza_featuredGavin, the eldest of three children, had been in and out of child protective services due to neglect. The family’s troubled history included Gavin and his siblings “experiencing poor home conditions and witnessing chronic domestic violence and abuse,” said a 76-page Serious Case Review by the protection authorities of Stockton, England.

At the time of the incident, the family was not involved with protective services. “Ultimately the [lack of protection] probably had little connection to the incident that led to the commission of this serious case review,” the report sa

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