Bullied boy, 12, dies after being jumped during recess
12-year-old boy who was victim of bullying attack dies after weeks in hospital
PHILADELPHIA -- 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 concussion as well as 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.