PHILADELPHIA — A young boy who was the victim of bullying has died, according to his family. Bailey O’Neill, who turned 12 on Saturday, was in a coma after suffering several seizures. His family told NBC10′s Katy Zachry that he died at the hospital on Sunday.
Bailey’s family says he was jumped by two classmates during recess at Darby Township School last January and suffered a concussion as well as a broken nose as a result. He then began to suffer seizures the next day, forcing doctors to put him into a medically induced coma. Joy Fecanin, the boy’s grandmother, told NBC10′s Katy Zachry that he had to have a blood transfusion after getting pneumonia.
On Sunday, the following message was posted on the Building Hope for Bailey Facebook Page:
I would like to thank everyone who has prayed and supported Bailey and his family!! Bailey has been the strongest toughest boy I know. He has fought this battle long and hard. There just wasn’t a way to fix this. I wish I could say he will get better but I can’t. Bailey has gone to be with God today I love you Jina Risoldi with all my heart and I will help you through this. Bailey I love you!!! Please keep Baileys family in your prayers!!!
While the students who jumped Bailey were suspended for two days, police have not yet revealed whether they will be criminally charged.