CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has asked the state attorney general’s office to help with an investigation in Claremont following an allegation that an 8-year-old biracial boy was nearly hanged by a group of teens.

Sununu said Tuesday he expects local and state authorities to “investigate appropriately.”

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The boy’s grandmother has said teens taunted her grandson with racial slurs Aug. 28 and pushed him off of a picnic table with the rope around his neck. The boy was treated at a hospital for injuries to his neck and has since been released.

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Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said his department is investigating a “serious incident” on Aug. 28 involving juveniles in which an 8-year-old was hurt. He declined to provide details, citing state laws that protect the confidentiality of juveniles.

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