Police are investigating after a young boy was allegedly hung from a tree with a rope in New Hampshire.
The child’s mother, Cassandra Merlin, shared photos of her 8-year-old son’s injuries to Facebook. In the images the little boy is seen with severe rope burn and cuts on his neck.
“So my son is being flown to Dartmouth after a 14 year old kid decided to hang him from a tree,” she wrote in the now-deleted post, according to NH1. “I don’t care if this was a so called accident or not. My son almost died.”
In a follow-up post on Thursday, Merlin said her son could no longer go outside and play because of what happened and indicated that she thinks the attack was racially motivated.
“It truly saddens me that even in a city so small, racism exists. My son used to love being able to go to the park with his older sister and shoot some hoops! Now, he’s not even allowed to go outside without me,” she wrote. “It sad (sic) that in a city we considered to be safe, we aren’t safe at all.”
According to NH1, Claremont Police Chief said he couldn’t comment on the investigation because those involved are juveniles and they “need to be protected.”
He also wouldn’t say whether authorities are looking at the case a hate crime. The department did not return the Daily News’ request for comment.
SOURCE: MINYVONNE BURKE
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