Boy dies after he's found hanging from clothesline in north Minneapolis

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The North Side backyard where the boy was found.
Yesterday, a 10-year-old boy who was found hanging from a clothesline in north Minneapolis last Thursday was pronounced dead.

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The boy was found hanging by a neighbor in the backyard of an abandoned house on the 3200 block of Bryant Avenue North.

"So, I look this way and I see a little kid," the neighbor, Ethel Bonner, told WCCO. "I kind of jogged over this way and as I'm looking I thought he was laying against the pole like a little sad kid, but as I got closer I saw that he was hanging from the rope."

"When I came over, his feet were kind of crossed like this and he was just kind of limp this like," Bonner continued. "I had to kind of lift him and get the rope off his neck. His pulse was very, very faint when I got him off the rope."

According to WCCO, the boy lived in Georgia but had been in Minnesota visiting relatives for a couple of weeks.

Minneapolis police spokesman Cyndi Barrington said yesterday that investigators are trying to piece together what happened.

"Investigators today are reaching out to other children that were in the neighborhood at the time and had been playing with this little boy throughout the day," she told WCCO. "We don't know if they were with him when this happened -- there are a lot of unknowns."

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19 comments
Maria Gallagher
Maria Gallagher

How sanctimonious of you. Thank you for enlightening me.

Jessica Sullivan-Thomas
Jessica Sullivan-Thomas

"someone should have been supervising them" I sincerely hope that no horrific accidents ever happen to your kids that someone might be able to prematurely attribute to your actions. Because that would feel horrible and I wouldn't wish it on a soul.

Jessica Sullivan-Thomas
Jessica Sullivan-Thomas

I don't recall attempting to censor you or tell you not to exercise your right to free speech. I just shared my opinion, that your "free speech" was a thinly veiled attempt to pretend you are better than others while simultaneously placing blame without evidence, possibly making a crappy situation get crappier. You don't have to get all "I CAN DO WHAT I WANT" on me, here. I have zero desire to dictate your actions. But if you want to make comments in public places, expect responses that both agree and disagree.

Maria Gallagher
Maria Gallagher

I knew the second I hit send on my phone there would be a person who had a problem with my post. So thank you for being that person. It's called freedom of speech and if I want to put out a PSA to reach a lot of people I'm doing it. Someone should have been supervising him/them. This'll teach me from commenting on a post where everyone and their soapboxes hang out.

Jessica Sullivan-Thomas
Jessica Sullivan-Thomas

Any number of factors could have contributed to this. We really have absolutely no reason to just assume immediately that it is parental neglect. A family is likely having the hardest time of their lives right now. I find it incredibly distasteful that you felt the need to speculate about their lack of parenting in some strange attempt to sanctimoniously toot your own horn and come off as better than. This isn't about you in any way and shame on you for trying to make a difficult situation harder by inferring that the parents should blame themselves.

Maria Gallagher
Maria Gallagher

This is why I feel it's important to hang out with my kids when they're outside. Sitting on a lawn chair keeping an eye out or even playing with them (sidewalk chalk, whatever). We aren't living in the times most of us grew up in...and a very tragic story, true. I just choose to play the better to be safe than sorry card.

Tina Godel
Tina Godel

such a sad story :-( thoughts and prayers are with the family...

Tina Godel
Tina Godel

Had a weak pulse when he was found, died later at the hospital.

Jason Szabo
Jason Szabo

My guess is he died before he was found, just saying

Lynne Doughan
Lynne Doughan

:(....breaks my heart and praying for his family...

j.reiter
j.reiter

Why would you say  "I sincerely hope that no horrific accidents ever happen to your kids," when it is easy to see that is not true.  Why are you so angry?

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