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Parents: Choking game, not suicide, killed 10-year-old

Police believe the tragic death of a 10-year-old Milwaukee boy was suicide, but the boy's heartbroken parents say it may have been due to a choking game. TMJ4's Nick Montes reports.


MILWAUKEE -- Police believe the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy was suicide, but his parents think it may have been due to a game that went terribly wrong.

"It wasn't a suicide, because he was just too happy and he had no reason to commit suicide," Enzy Curtis says of his son, Thalian.

Curtis believes the boy's death was a tragic accident.

"I think it was just a game he was playing and it got out of hand of just him by himself," Curtis says.

Thailan's parents say he's played the choking game before, and they warned him. "I told him, 'Honey that's dangerous. You shouldn't do that,'" Yolanda Cash, the boy's mom, says.

The choking game, also known as the fainting game, involves cutting off the supply of oxygen to the brain in order to induce a high.

Cash is trying to make sense of why her son Thailan was taken so suddenly.

"Why my baby? He was only 10," Cash says. "I'm just hurt. I'm just angry with God."

Cash says Thailan's older brother found him in the upstairs living room Saturday night.

"He said, 'There's something around his neck and there's blood.'I said, 'Huh?' He said, 'There's blood,’” she says.

Cash quickly ran upstairs only to find Thailan slumped over with a curtain around his neck.

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"I tried pulling it from around his neck. But, it was just, I couldn't pull it. I had to shake the whole curtain down," she says. The image is stuck in her mind. "Blood coming from his mouth and he was foaming, vomiting but he never came to,” Cash says while crying.

Milwaukee police told TMJ4 early Sunday morning the 10-year-old committed suicide.

Thailan's parents say he always lived in the moment. He loved going to school at Hope Christian School Prima, and asked questions about God. They do find some peace in that thought, but still wants answers.

"I still want to know why. I still want to know exactly what happened," Cash says.