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Boy Scout, 10, Accidentally Hangs Self While Practicing Knots

Mon, October 13, 2014 3:00pm EDT by Lauren Cox 6 Comments
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How sad. A precious little boy was killed when he accidentally hanged himself while trying to learn how to tie a knot so that he could earn a new badge in Boy Scouts.

AJ Underwood, 10, just wanted to learn a new trade to impress his Boy Scout Troop Leaders and receive a new badge for his uniform. Sadly, the dedicated Boy Scout was found lifeless and hanging from a piece of furniture in what appears to be a freak accident.

Boy Scout, 10, Hangs Himself By Mistake While Tying Knots

Wow, what a tragic accident this was.

On Friday, Oct. 10 in Oneonta, Alabama, 10-year-old AJ Underwood was in his room practicing different knots in a rope he was given for just that: practice.

Just before leaving for a birthday party, AJ’s mom went into his room to check on him when she discovered her son hanging from his bunk bed. AJ’s mother immediately got him down from the bunk bed and ran outside to scream for help, and a neighbor performed CPR on AJ until paramedics arrived, reports the Daily Mail.

Sadly, it was too late — AJ was already gone.

“There’s absolutely nothing to indicate he did this on purpose. He had been in good spirits, he was making good grades,” Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman explained.

Investigators believe that this was a freak accident, and that AJ’s death was “instant.” So sad.

AJ’s Family Are Stunned By The ‘Unreal’ Tragedy

In an interview with local FOX affiliate WBRC, AJ’s aunt Dana Wiesman shared that he was a happy little boy who “was always smiling and happy.” She also shared that he would “do anything for anybody.”

Sadly, it appears that Dana and the rest of the family are still in complete shock over this horrible tragedy that took AJ from them.

“It’s unreal, it really was, it still is. I still expect him to come running out to play with the kids,” Dana said during her interview.

Family and friends of AJ set up a GoFundMe page to help with his expensive funeral costs. The total amount needed is listed at $20,000, and thanks to an outpouring of support from their local community they have already raised more than half.

Our thoughts go out to AJ’s family during this very difficult time.

— Lauren Cox

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