Medical examiner confirms: The Colony boy took his own life

Montana Lance

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Montana Lance

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by Walt Zwirko

wfaa.com

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 7:14 PM

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office ruled today that a nine-year-old boy from The Colony killed himself intentionally.

The determination that Montana Lance committed suicide rules out speculation that the child's death was an accident.

He was found hanging in the bathroom of Stewarts Creek Elementary School around 1 p.m. on Jan. 21. Montana was taken to Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, where he was pronounced dead.

Lt. Darren Brockway, of The Colony Police Department, said the medical examiner's finding is consistent with the police investigation into the death.

"He'd gotten in trouble at school and panicked," Brockway said. "He just felt there was no other way out."

There had been some speculation that Montana watched a television show about teen suicide the night before his death, and was copying what he saw with no real intention to kill himself.

"We ruled that out as an option after talking to his parents," Brockway said. "He didn't watch that show."

The Colony Police Department was waiting on the medical examiner to determine whether the death was accidental or intentional before they could conclude their investigation.

With the ruling, the police will close their investigation with no charges filed, Brockway said.

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