Archie Battersbee’s death deemed to be ‘prank which went wrong’

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Archie Battersbee’s death has been deemed to be a “prank which went wrong”, a coroner has concluded.  The 12-year-old’s life support was switched off on August 6 after his parents failed to overturn a High Court ruling that doctors could lawfully do so. 

Judges were told that Hollie Dance, Archie’s mum, found the boy unconscious with a ligature over his head at his home in Essex back in April.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, senior coroner Lincoln Brookes, said Archie “hadn’t intended to harm himself but had done so inadvertently during a prank or experiment that went wrong”.

He added that Archie “put his head in a noose or put a cord round his neck”.

“I think he did so without necessarily a good reason, 12-year-old boys don’t always have reasons.

“I think it may just be a case of curiosity – what does it feel like?”

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