Monday, January 08, 2007

Incredably Dumb Child Hangs Himself After Seeing Saddam's Execution Video

A 10-year-old boy who apparently was mimicking the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accidentally hanged himself on New Year's Eve, authorities said.

Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch said officers were called to an apartment in the 800 block of NASA Parkway about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and found the boy dead.

Sergio Pelico's mother told police he had watched a report on Saddam's death on a Telemundo news broadcast before he hanged himself, Claunch said.

"It appears to be accidental," he said of the boy's death. "Our gut reaction is that he was experimenting."

The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office said results of the boy's autopsy are pending.

As Webster police continued their investigation, family and friends gathered for a memorial service Wednesday for Sergio.


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