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9-year-old boy hangs himself after being sent to his room for fighting with brother

By Mason White 8:56 AM July 15, 2014
Aaron Dugmore 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A family was horrified when they found their 9-year-old boy dead in his room.

The child of England, was found hanging a short time after being sent there as punishment for fighting with his younger brother.

Aaron Dugmore was found by his 16-year-old brother in his room in Erdington, Birmingham. He was taken to a hospital, but died the next day.

A coroner ruled Dugmore’s death an accident, and he could not be sure whether the child had intended to kill himself or if he was too young to know what he was doing.

At the time of his death, his mother, Kelly-Marie Dugmore, 30, and stepfather Paul Jones, 43, said he was bullied at school.

However, the court heard today that police had found no evidence of bullying at the Erdington Hall Primary School, where he was a new student.

His mother told the court that when she picked up her son from school he was arguing with another boy, and their was some pushing and shoving.

“He was not happy at that school,” his mother said. The court was told that the day Dugmore died, he had argued and kicked his younger brother, and was therefore sent to his room to calm down.

When his older brother went to check on him, Dugmore was found hanging. “He had never mentioned self harm before. I never thought a nine year old would know about it,” his mother said.

Dr. Nicholas Hunt, a forensic surgeon, told the court that Aaron had died of a hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. May he rest in peace.