Coroner closes investigation into 8-year-old Ohio boy's suicide

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 16:05:21-04

A coroner says her second investigation into the January death of an 8-year-old Ohio boy whose mother said was bullied at school has been closed with no additions to the original suicide finding.

Hamilton County's coroner issued a statement Thursday saying a review of additional investigative information regarding Gabriel Taye found nothing that would alter the death certificate. Authorities opened Gabriel's grave in June to remove an electronic tablet buried with him to see if it might provide additional information about what led to his death.

County Prosecutor Joe Deters has said his office also was investigating. A prosecutor's spokeswoman said Deters' office hasn't issued any findings yet. He was out of town Thursday.

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On May 11, Sammarco announced that her office would look at the case, initially ruled a suicide, again.

“What we are going to try to do is determine what kind of physical findings may be attributed to injuries he sustained," Sammarco said in May. "We want to do right by this child ... This has been one of the most emotionally draining cases that we've had in our office."

The initial investigation into Taye's death never mentioned bullying.

Representatives released this statement on behalf of the Taye family:

“The family of Gabriel Taye would like to thank Dr. Sammarco for her attempt to determine the contributing factors that caused his death. Gabe’s family consented to his exhumation in the hopes that it would provide more answers. We will be continuing our investigation into the bullying that contributed to his death.”

Sammarco said Taye's death certificate would not be amended.