Authorities investigate child's possible suicide

By Lori Brown - bio | email

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (WMC-TV) - Authorities in Marshall County are investigating a young boy's possible suicide.

According to Major Kelley McMillin of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, the boy's mother called 911 after she found him at their home on Roberts Chapel Road just before 9:00 p.m. Sunday.

The Marshall County Coroner said Dillon Peretic, 9, was found hanging by a belt from his bunk bed. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.

Peretic's death was marked as a suicide in a preliminary autopsy, but a final ruling has not been made.  Major Kelley McMillen said further investigation was needed.

"It's very rough on us," McMillen said. "It hits you in the heart."

Kids who rode the bus with Dillon describe him as a happy and talkative boy.

"He always had something to say," Brionne Gulledge, a high school senior who used to ride the bus with Dillon said. "Very cheerful and joyful."

"Mainly, he's just happy all the time," Mitchell Wilson, an eleventh grader, said.

A friend of the family said Dillon was beat up on the school bus a couple of times, something the Sheriff's Department is investigating.

The teens told Action News 5 they never saw him have any major problems.

"I'd see a couple of kids, but that was only because he'd be bothering them just talking, because he liked to talk," Wilson said.

"If it was anything it was like kids arguing over a toy or something like that, wasn't no beating or any big deal." Gulledge said.

Gulledge said she doesn't believe Dillon killed himself.

"He was only nine, and I don't think a nine year old would have the mind to do something like that."

Meanwhile, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department has asked the District Attorney and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to assist with the case.

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