But he didn't play dead. He was dead.
As in so many cases the so-called caregivers attempt to restrain a child turned deadly.
He would never return home to his family. A full-blown tragedy for his parents had happened.
The decision whether to restrain a child should always be given the consideration that it could include the risk of taking the life of the child.
Research about the risks of restraints were however only starting to emerge. The odd thing is that even after 20 years of knowledge about restraints, children continue to die caused by the use of restraints.
May he rest in peace.
- Caregivers Say They Thought Restrained Teen Was 'playing Dead' (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - April 4, 2000)
- Hold Used To Restrain Teen Who Died Is Safe, Lawyer Says (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Apr 12, 2000)