After years of neglect, a boy identified only as Gavin hanged himself just days before his 10th birthday. Gavin was found by his nine-year-old sibling.
When paramedics arrived, they described the house as dark – there were no lightbulbs in Gavin’s room or anywhere else upstairs in the house. In fact, they had to find lightbulbs downstairs in order to retrieve the unconscious boy.
At the time of the incident, the family was not involved with protective services. “Ultimately the [lack of protection] probably had little connection to the incident that led to the commission of this serious case review,” the report sa