21 Jul '11, 8am

Down Syndrome boy accidentally hanged himself, inquest finds

An intellectually disabled boy accidentally hanged himself while playing with a nylon rope, in January, the Coroner's Court heard, today. An inquest into the death of Yuen Kai Lek, 14, revealed that the teenager had no intention to take his own life. Kai Lek, who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, was a student at Fernvale Gardens School. It was set up by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds). He was an active child and had been reported to have played with old wires, using them to tie his hands and legs. Kai Lek was also a fan of the Journey to the West television series and had often pretended to be the Monkey God, one of the key characters in the programme. The youngster was last seen alive in his bedroom playing with a handheld computer game at around 1pm. No one noticed that he had locked the room door later that afternoon. At around 3....

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110721-0000144/Do...

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