A second investigation into the death of an eight-year-old Ohio boy whose mother said was bullied at school has been closed with no additions to the original suicide finding, a coroner said.
Hamilton County’s coroner issued a statement Thursday saying a review of additional investigative information regarding Gabriel Taye found nothing that would alter the death certificate.
Gabriel’s grave was opened earlier this week by authorities to remove an electronic tablet buried with him to see if it might shed light on what led to his death.
His family’s attorneys said his mother learned her son was bullied after seeing an email a Cincinnati police detective wrote describing the scene outside a boys’ bathroom where the attorneys say he was knocked unconscious.
He hanged himself days later at his home in January.
The attorneys said the mother buried the tablet with him ‘to make sure he had something to play with in heaven’.
The county prosecutor also was investigating. A prosecutor’s spokeswoman says that office hasn’t released any findings.
The family’s attorneys issued a statement saying Gabriel’s family appreciates the coroner’s ‘attempt to determine the contributing factors that caused his death,’ and they will continue their investigation.
Cincinnati school officials released the disturbing surveillance video last month which reveals how a January 24 locker room assault left the child unconscious two days before he hanged himself.
The video, shot from a hallway camera at Carson Elementary School shows the eight-year-old being pulled to the ground by another student in a bathroom and left lying for over five minutes while other boys kick and prod him.
Eventually, school officials come to his aid, but Gabriel’s mother says they did not tell her that her son had been assaulted or he had lost consciousness.
Cincinnati school officials debated whether or not to release the video.
In the end, they decided it was in the public interest to distribute the footage. The school board sought and received approval from Gabriel’s mother.
‘We felt this video added to the public knowledge about what happened in this case,’ Cincinnati Public Schools said in a statement.
‘We believe parents and members of the community have the right to important information that helps them understand how safe students at local schools are.’
After viewing the video, a coroner reopened an investigation into Gabriel’s suicide.
The coroner has urged police to treat this incident ‘as a homicide until proven otherwise.’