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Suicide verdict after death of Gainsborough schoolboy Callum James

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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A coroner has recorded a suicide verdict after an 11-year-old boy was found hanged at his home.

Callum James, from Gainsborough, died at The Children's Hospital, in Sheffield, on September 6, last year, following an incident in Woodfield Road  two days earlier.

The Gainsborough Charles Baines Community Primary School pupil had autism spectrum disorder and ADHD and had previously threatened to kill himself by jumping from a window.

An inquest in Lincoln heard the cause of death was hanging. Coroner Stuart Fisher expressed his sympathy to relatives.

A report commissioned by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board has recommended improvements in how young people can be supported and the county council has vowed to implement changes.

Chris Cook, chairman of LSCB, said: "The independent report makes it clear that this tragic death was neither predictable nor preventable.

"The sad truth is that no-one saw this coming.   Not his teachers, his psychologist, his behaviour support staff, his autism outreach workers, his doctors, his nurse, his family action workers nor his parents."

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  • LincolnFran  |  November 22 2012, 5:04PM

    I forgot to add - my sympathy goes to his parents, no parent should have to lose a child, by accident or suicide.

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  • LincolnFran  |  November 22 2012, 5:01PM

    and had previously threatened to kill himself by jumping from a window.... The sad truth is that no-one saw this coming. Not his teachers, his psychologist, his behaviour support staff, his autism outreach workers, his doctors, his nurse, his family action workers nor his parents. I have a son with the same conditions and he too has threatened to jump from windows and said 'I wish I was dead'. Thankfully I believe he is no longer the same threat to himself as he was when he was 7-10 years old. He is now 18 but it is always a little niggle in the back of my mind. The two above quotes contradict themselves completely. If it is known he had threatened to jump from a window to kill himself then it is obvious it was a possibility so someone must have seen it coming.

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