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Prosecutor closes criminal investigation into 8-year-old's suicide

Gabriel Taye (Provided) Gabriel Taye (Provided)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

No charges will be filed in connection with the death of Gabriel Taye, the 8-year-old student who took his own life days after he was allegedly bullied at school.

“No further action in anticipated,” a spokesperson for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office wrote in a brief statement released Monday.

Prosecutor Joe Deters was reviewing the incident as a criminal case against school officials.

“The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office accepts the July 6th conclusion of the Hamilton County Coroner and our investigation is now concluded.,” the statement read.

Last week, the coroner ended a second investigation into Taye’s death without adding a reference to bullying incidents in Taye's death certificate.

Both the prosecutor and coroner’s offices opened reviews into the child’s death after Cincinnati Public Schools released a video showing another student apparently hit Taye as he walked into the bathroom.

In the video, Taye lies unconscious on the bathroom floor for several minutes before an adult notices the situation.

The prosecutor’s review included reopening the child’s grave to retrieve a tablet from his casket. An attorney for the Taye family said they were “hoping that a forensic examination of Gabe’s tablet will shed light on what happened.”

Taye hanged himself on Jan. 26, two days after the alleged bullying incident in the bathroom of Carson Elementary School. His family believes bullying led Taye to commit suicide. 

[Video shows alleged bullying two days before 8-year-old’s suicide]

A 24-minute security video from Jan. 24 shows a fellow student apparently hit the boy inside the restroom.

He was unconscious for several minutes before an adult noticed the situation. 

School officials maintain administrators followed protocol once they became aware of the situation. They said a link between bullying at the child's suicide has not been established.


If you or anyone you know are feeling desperate, or beyond hope here are some phone numbers that you can call 24 hours a day for free counseling:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Talbert House's hotline line: 513-281-CARE (2273). 

Talbert House's text line: Text the phrase 4hope to 839863

The state of Ohio's text line: Text the phrase 4hope to 741741

Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio: 859-431-1077

Mental Health Access Point mobile crisis line: 513-558-8888. 

Mindpeace, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 513-803-0844.

Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties: 1-877-695-6333

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