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A tragic freak accident has sadly taken the life of a 7-year-old Lancaster, CA, boy. On Friday evening, Aaris Conway was found hanging from a tree in his backyard, and though detectives are still investigating the circumstances of his death, the boy’s mother says her son was climbing the tree and got caught up in his karate belt when he tried to jump down.
“He wanted to come outside to play basketball,” Aaris’s mother Evelyn Briggs told KTLA. “Then he climbs in the tree that [the neighborhood kids] all climb in and tragically hung himself.”
“Every minute counts,” she added. “It takes a second. I just want other parents to be aware.”
Detectives are waiting on the official word from the coroner to declare Aaris’s death an accident, but they believe that is the case. Sadly, Aaris’s brother Aaron saw his brother hanging from the tree after he and his mother noticed Aaris had gone quiet. He said he tried to save him but it was too late.
“I was trying and trying not to pour any more tears, but I can’t help it,” he said.
“He was my little brother, and I love him.”
In an interview with CBS local news, Evelyn said a neighbor called 911 while she and Aaron untangled Aaris from the tree and administered CPR and chest compressions to no avail.
“Just be careful,” she said. “Things happen so sudden.”
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In Mississippi, a state with a past of racial violence, it’s hard to believe a black man found hanging from a tree was a case of suicide. After new information bringing the state’s deputy medical examiner’s record into question, a family has more inquiries on the death of a loved one, and state authorities are again reviewing the case.
According to Black America Web, Frederick Jermaine Carter was found hanging from a tree last December near Greenwood, Mississippi. Carter was said to have a history of mental illness and suicide attempts. Local law enforcement and the coroner agree that he hanged himself. Dr. Adel Shaker, the state’s medical examiner, says that Carter died by hanging, but did not call it suicide as the manner of death is “determined by the coroner.”
The Carter family’s lawyer raised questions of Shaker’s credibility, as information recently surfaced that he falsified information concerning a British woman’s death in Kenya in 1998. Shaker’s report said her death was caused by wild animals to cover up her murder. Shaker blames the false report on his former boss in Kenya and claims that top officials were also involved in the cover up.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety began its investigations on Monday, shortly after the allegations surfaced against Shaker, but say they are only investigating the Carter case.
Shaker, who is also black, says that the family simply wants a scapegoat for Carter’s death and should not pick him.
The family wants Shaker’s entire autopsy file on the case, which is not available for public record without a court order. They plan to give the information to an independent examiner and discover the truth behind Carter’s death for themselves.