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Teens Under Investigation After Hanging 8-Year-Old Biracial Boy From A Tree

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The family of an 8-year-old boy in New Hampshire claims he had to be airlifted to the hospital after at least one teenager hanged him from a tree.

Lorrie Slattery says her grandson was playing with a group of teens in his Claremont neighborhood on August 28 when the older kids started calling him racial names and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs.

The situation got worse when some or all of the teens allegedly stepped up on a picnic table and grabbed a rope nearby that had been part of a tire swing.

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Slattery explained to the Valley News:

"The (teenagers) said, ‘Look at this,' supposedly putting the rope around their necks. One boy said to (her grandson), ‘Let's do this,' and then pushed him off the picnic table and hung him."

The boy did not suffer any internal injuries, but sustained nasty cuts to his neck. He was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and has since been released.

Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said the department is investigating the incident as a hate crime — even though the teens claimed the hanging was

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