Hanging tragedy of Leeds boy, 13

The distraught parents of a 13-year-old boy found dead in his home have revealed that he suffered from Tourette's syndrome which left him with low self-esteem.

Damion Thornton of Broadway, Halton Moor, Leeds, was found hanged at home on Monday.

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The teenager, a pupil at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor, was found by his mum Deborah Bould, 46, and older brother Ellis Thornton, 15, at 4.30pm.

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He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but pronounced dead on arrival.

Leeds coroner David Hinchliff has been informed.

In reaction to comments posted on websites Facebook and Twitter, and on memorial site Gone Too Soon, that Damion had been a victim of bullying, his mum said that the rumours might just be speculation and that his death remained a mystery.

Deborah, who lives with partner Simon Thornton, a 46-year-old industrial painter, said: "Damion suffered with Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette's syndrome which left him with very low self-esteem.

"But he loved going to school and was doing well there.

"I've seen comments about him being bullied but I don't know if they're true or not.

"His school are being absolutely fantastic and are doing everything they can to help us found out if there's any truth in the rumours."

His heartbroken parents say they are now having to explain to Ellis, 15, who suffers with autism and his older brother, Stuart, 18, who also has learning disabilities, that their younger brother won't be coming home.

Asked how she felt about her son's death, Deborah told the YEP: "I don't think I do at the moment."

Her partner Simon said that it was too early to talk yet about his loss.

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