Saddam's Execution Cited in Boy's Hanging

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Police and family members say a ten-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster.

Webster police Lieutenant Tom Claunch says the boy's mother told police he had previously watched a news report about Saddam's death.

Claunch says the death appears to be accidental.

An autopsy of the fifth-grader's body is pending.

Julio Gustavo, Sergio's uncle, says the boy was a happy and curious child. He says Sergio had watched TV news with another uncle on Saturday and asked the uncle about Saddam's death.

Sergio's mother was at work Sunday while Sergio and other children were under the care of an uncle. One of the children found Sergio's body in his bedroom.