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Coroner reopens case of bullied 8-year-old who killed self
Article by: MSN
May 12, 2017
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A coroner has reopened an investigation into an 8-year-old boy's suicide, and his school district said Friday that it expects to release surveillance video that shows a bully knocking him unconscious two days before he killed himself.

A Hamilton County coroner's office spokesman said new evidence has prompted the reopening of the suicide investigation of Gabriel Taye, who hanged himself in his bedroom with a necktie on Jan. 26.

Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco told Cincinnati radio station WLW on Thursday that she asked police for a full investigation to determine whether there are contributing factors to Gabriel's suicide, WXIX-TV reported.

"It was very hard for me to believe that an 8-year-old would even know what it means to commit suicide," Sammarco told WLW.

Cincinnati police said in a statement that they would have no further comment about the case, and they directed question to the coroner's office. The coroner's spokesman said Friday that Sammarco wasn't available to discuss the investigation being reopened.

According to attorneys for Gabriel's mother, Cornelia Reynolds, she didn't learn of the bullying until the attorneys received a copy of a police investigative file that contained an email from a homicide detective to school officials describing the surveillance video. The school district on Thursday disputed some of the detective's descriptions but not the most crucial parts — the boy being knocked unconscious and the 7½-minute wait for an assistant principal and then a school nurse helping Gabriel.

Reynolds' attorneys also have viewed the video. They said it shows a boy acting aggressively toward students outside a school bathroom. It then shows Gabriel trying to shake the bully's hand and being thrown against a wall, knocking him unconscious, the attorneys said.

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