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Police hunt suspects in hanging case

Published måndag 25 april 2011 kl 10.45
The tree from where the eleven year old was hung by a rope

A Swedish prosecutor has been brought in to the attempted murder case of an 11 year old Norwegian boy who was almost killed by being forcibly hanged at a camping site in central Swedish Värmland on Good Friday.

Police, who are hunting at least two suspects, say the boy was playing on his own by a tree at a campsite in the town of Charlottenberg near the Norwegian border, when he was surprised by "one or several people, " who put a rope around his neck. The boy was found hanging from a rope by a passerby who was looking for his own son. It's understood the 11 year old had been standing on his tiptoes for ten minutes struggling to breathe before being rescued.

Leif Hultman of the Värmland county police said that they did not have any suspects but the crime had been classified as attempted murder.

The boy's father spoke of his son's ordeal to Norway's VG Nett news website

"My son is a quiet boy and has never hurt a fly," he said, adding that the incident could have easily been a lot worse.

The boy, who received care at a local hospital, is receiving psychological help.

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