A sui­cide at age eight? Very rare

Cape Breton Post - - News World -

NEW YORK — Af­ter an eightyear-old Cincin­nati boy ap­par­ently killed him­self in Jan­uary, even the coro­ner found it hard to be­lieve it could be a sui­cide.

Now, she is re-ex­am­in­ing Gabriel Taye’s death, af­ter it emerged that he was bul­lied and knocked un­con­scious at school two days be­fore he died.

Hamil­ton County Coro­ner Lak­shmi Sam­marco’s of­fice has ruled Gabriel’s death a sui­cide. But she said last week that she was re­open­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to re-ex­am­ine Gabriel’s in­juries and whether there were con­tribut­ing fac­tors to his death. Fed­eral sta­tis­tics show an av­er­age of 14 sui­cides per year na­tion­wide among chil­dren 10 or younger since 1999. That com­pares to over 1,400 per year among 11- to 18-year-olds. Chicago-based child psy­chi­a­trist Dr. Louis Kraus says that at eight, chil­dren gen­er­ally are just com­ing to un­der­stand death.

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