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Bullied Boy Dies in Hospital

Posted by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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Bullied Boy Dies in Hospital: Family

Bailey O'Neill turned 12 on Saturday, a day before his death.

By David Chang
|  Sunday, Mar 3, 2013  |  Updated 10:37 PM


Bullied Boy Dies in Hospital: Family

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A young boy who was the victim of bullying has died, according to his family. Bailey O'Neill, who turned 12 on Saturday, was in a coma after suffering several seizures. His family told NBC10's Katy Zachry that he died at the hospital on Sunday. 

Bailey's family says he was jumped by two classmates during recess at Darby Township School last January and suffered a broken nose as a result.  He then began to suffer seizures the next day, forcing doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma. Joy Fecanin, the boy's grandmother, told NBC10's Katy Zachry that he had to have a blood transfusion after getting pneumonia.

On Sunday, the following message was posted on the Building Hope for Bailey Facebook Page:

I would like to thank everyone who has prayed and supported Bailey and his family!! Bailey has been the strongest toughest boy I know. He has fought this battle long and hard. There just wasn't a way to fix this. I wish I could say he will get better but I can't. Bailey has gone to be with God today :( I love you Jina Risoldi with all my heart and I will help you through this. Bailey I love you!!! Please keep Baileys family in your prayers!!!

While the students who jumped Bailey were suspended for two days, police have not yet revealed whether they will be criminally charged.

“I would like to see these kids punished,” said Fecanin when she spoke to Zachry last month. “Something has to be done. I don’t know what’s taking them so long.”

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says investigators are trying to determine if the injuries Bailey received in the fight caused his seizures. Investigators interviewed kids and recess aides who were on the playground when the fight broke out.

“We can assure them that we are going to continue with our investigation,” said Whelan.

Bailey’s younger brother was taken out of the school because his parents were worried that he'd also be the victim of bullying. 
 

by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM
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How tragic. :-(
I have no words.
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Kitschy
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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This is awful

Jers.
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Heartbreaking!  Why do they not know if the kids will be criminally charged? Why wouldn't they be?

glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

He didnt get to have a life neither should those bullies. Juvi for life.

glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM

They often dont try kids under a certain age

Quoting Jers.:

Heartbreaking!  Why do they not know if the kids will be criminally charged? Why wouldn't they be?


eema.gray
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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Under any others circumstances, park, mall, so forth, those boys would be facing some very grown up consequences. But because it's a school . . . . . . . .
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Jers.
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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Maybe they need to start.

Quoting glitterteaz:

They often dont try kids under a certain age

Quoting Jers.:

Heartbreaking!  Why do they not know if the kids will be criminally charged? Why wouldn't they be?




DragonMother10
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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Oh my gosh! I can't believe he died, that is so terrible! Another thing that people need to really do something about.
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toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

 Oh how sad...the pictures and the first sentence were enough to flood my eyes. 

sherry132
by Silver Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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I have three boys. When they were 12 they were always getting into fights. My youngest was the worst because he would take on any bully for any kid being bullied. I can honestly say, I hope those boys get counseling and help. Charging them with a crime and labeling them murderers for life is too much in my opinion. It's tragic that this little boy had to die. It's tragic they hurt him so badly. I don't think they should go unpunished, but I'm really against ruining their lives. Since the beginning of time, little boys have gotten into fights. I can't even remembered how many times my boys came home with bloody noses. We were fortunate. My boys were punished as I saw fit at the time and depending on the surrounding circumstances. My heart goes out to this little boys family. It also goes out to the bullies, they are going to have to live with this and if they are helped, it's a lifetime sentence in of itself. 

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