Phillipsburg boy, 13, dies from brain injury caused by lack

Phillipsburg boy, 13, dies from brain injury caused by lack

Postby Admin » 03 Dec 2009, 21:31

By Bevin Theodore
December 03, 2009, 1:24PM
A 13-year-old Phillipsburg boy died Wednesday, three days after officials say he may have tried experimenting with the choking game.

Kevin Rush, of the first block of Willever Street, was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after he was found at 2:57 p.m. Sunday at his home. He was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Rush died of anoxic brain injury, which is when the brain is deprived of oxygen for several minutes. The manner of death was ruled undetermined, but Grim said it may have been linked to the choking game, a way teens get high without using drugs.

Phillipsburg police and the Lehigh County Coroner's office investigated the death
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Re: Phillipsburg boy, 13, dies from brain injury caused by lack

Postby KateBL » 03 Dec 2009, 22:01

DBF left a note in the comments section. I too hope his family finds answers and if they need to, find us.
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Re: Phillipsburg boy, 13, dies from brain injury caused by lack

Postby Admin » 08 Dec 2009, 22:02



His death came 10 days before his 14th birthday and 23 days before the annual Christmas gathering at Dufton's home.

Grim reported Rush may have been experimenting with the so-called choking game. The practice involves starving the brain of oxygen to cause a brief feeling of euphoria. It can result in death or permanent injury, experts say.

Dufton said the boy's family has largely concluded "the most logical explanation was that it was an experiment."

"It's hard to believe it," she said. "You just never, ever expect something like this. It seems like a dumb experiment gone awry."
In sharp contradiction to the coroner's report, Phillipsburg police Detective Sgt. Robert Stettner said the investigation revealed no evidence that the boy's death resulted from the choking game.

Stettner said no one in the Phillipsburg Police Department told Grim such a possibility existed.

"He didn't get that from us," Stettner said.

Grim did not return a call for comment Friday.

Warren County Prosecutor Thomas S. Ferguson said it's often difficult for investigators to definitively conclude someone died as a result of the choking game.

Kevin Rush was the son of Craig and Victoria Rush.

"Kevin was loved by everyone," his obituary reads. "He was quick-witted and enjoyed being a boy."


This seems to have a coroner who knows what he's talking about and trying to find the cause of death and a Police Dept who doesn't want to find the answer, so very sad that this family might be left to wonder. But I suppose that really we are left to wonder.
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