Police and New Hampshire AG Investigate Alleged Race-Based Attack

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The situation escalated, she said, when some or all of the teens stepped on a table with a rope that once held a tire swing, allegedly wrapping it around the boy's neck and pushing him off the table.

The boy was taken to a Claremont hospital where he was treated for the neck injuries that he sustained.

Slattery said she was able to recount what happened from her grandson's 11-year-old sister and other children present (there were no adults), and that her grandson and some teens were playing in a yard on August 28 when the teens started calling the little boy "racial epithets" and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs.

The boy's mother, Cassandra Merlin, posted the horrific photo of her baby's neck to Facebook, and even then gave those responsible the benefit of the doubt.

He swung three times before being able to free himself and the teenagers supposedly did not help the boy. It's not clear how the rope got around her grandson's neck, but Slattery said the teens pushed him off the table.

The incident has ignited local and national outcry over what has been cast by many, particularly on social media, as a hate crime against a biracial child.

"The investigation revealed that an 8 year-old child was injured while he was on private property off of North Street in Claremont, N.H.", police said in a statement.

Injuries to an 8-year-old boy after an alleged attack in New Hampshire.

Police said the investigation focuses on other juveniles who are 14 years old or younger and because of state law, few details can be released. I don't care if this was a so called accident or not.

More than 100 people gathered at a Claremont park on Tuesday to show support for the boy's family, as reported by the Boston Globe.

The family says the teens were also taunting the boy with racial slurs.

The town of Claremeont, N.H., has 13,000 residents, and is 96 percent white, 0.6 percent African-American, and 1.8 percent biracial, according to the 2010 Census.

"We're gathering to recognize that we have ... a mountain of work to do to deal with racism in our community and virtually every community in America", Rebecca MacKenzie, one of the organizer's of the Claremont gathering, told the Globe.

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