8-year-old Knoxville boy tries to hang himself in closet

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An 8-year-old Knoxville boy is recovering after trying to hang himself in his bedroom closet.

Police Lt. Doug Stiles says the boy suffered severe neck injuries. He was being treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center on Friday morning.

Police say the boy had gotten in trouble Thursday at his elementary school. When he got home, his mother spanked him and sent him to his room.

Authorities say the boy then went into his bedroom closet and tied a belt around his neck and tried to hang himself. A few minutes later, the boy's sister found him unconscious in the closet.

A neighbor helped revive the boy until emergency personnel arrived. The boy's identity was not released.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Ghost Location: London on Nov 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    It's his mother's fault if she hadn't spanked him he wouldn't have done that, trouble at scholl and the poor boy comes home and then his mother hits him..... stupid woman!
  • by elane Location: morristown on Mar 15, 2008 at 03:03 PM
    Praying for this child that God puts someone in his life that will intervene and intercede on his behalf.
  • by Anonymous Location: Halls on Mar 14, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    This is a tragedy for this family. There is probably more to what happened than the public knows. All we can do as a community is offer our prayers, concern, and support to them. As a mother of three (one 8-year old boy)this is heartbreaking. A harsh reminder to know what is going on with your children, I know I will be turning off the tv this weekend and tuning in to my kids. We're praying for the family.
  • by Karen Location: Crossville on Mar 14, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    I am praying for this child. I suspect something much deeper going on inside.I hope they can get him the right help. I hope there is someone he is close enough to so he can open up and tell them what is really going on.


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