Over one year ago, 7-year-old Gabriel Myers hanged himself in a Broward foster home. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigated the case for a year, but finally closed it. According to DCF investigators, Myers did not suffer any abuse or neglect in his foster home, but, ”Circumstances and evidence indicate that his actions caused his own accidental death.”
Gabriel Myers was considered to be a bright boy, but troubled as well. In June 2008, when his mother was found slumped inside her car at a Broward County restaurant with illegal narcotics surrounding her, things began to get worse for the child. Myers was taken from his mother’s care and shuffled around from a relative’s home to different foster homes, as reports from DCF indicated.
Myers was molested and began to act out sexually on other children. His behavior became unmanageable, according to reports, as he would steal, lie, throw tantrums, trash his room and threaten to hurt others.
DCF reports showed that Myers told a therapist that “he was evil and born to lie.” Myers only became worse when enduring punishment and he was a very unhappy boy.
Dr. Sohail Punjwani, Myers’ psychiatrist, disclosed that he prescribed medications for the child, some of which were “linked by federal regulators to an increased risk of suicide among children.”
After DCF closed the case on Myers’ death, it was re-opened only a few months later after allegations were verified that Gabriel’s foster parents and their then-19-year-old son were responsible for Myers’ death.
According to reports from DCF, on April 16 of that year, Myers’ foster brother watched Myers, who stayed home sick from school. After Myers threw a bowl of soup in the garbage, the teen sent him to his room. DCF reports said, “Gabriel yelled and said that he is mad and that he was going to kill himself.” And he did.
Gabriel Myers locked himself in the bathroom, wrapped a detachable shower hose around his neck and killed himself. The teen attempted CPR to save Myers once he broke into the bathroom with a screwdriver.
DCF claims that the 19-year-old “was not prepared to provide the needed level of care. He became overwhelmed by events and was unable to intervene appropriately to prevent Gabriel’s death.”
FBI reports concluded, “Neither the teen nor his parents had any intent to harm Gabriel.”
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