Not the families fault for letting him watch a hanging on TV then?Two boys in the US and Pakistan have accidentally hanged themselves while apparently mimicking Saddam Hussein's execution.
In two separate incidents, ten-year-old Sergio Pelico was found dead in Houston, Texas having tied a slipknot around his neck while on a bunk bed.
Meanwhile, nine-year-old Mubashar Ali was hanged from a ceiling fan while playing with his ten-year-old sister in Pakistan.
Police said the death in America appeared to be accidental and that Sergio, described by relatives as a happy child who was very curious, had been 'experimenting'.
The day before, he had watched the news of Saddam's execution on TV with an uncle and asked why he was killed.
Another uncle, Julio Gustavo, said: 'His uncle told him it was because Saddam was real bad. He said 'OK' and that was it. I don't think he thought it was real. They showed them putting the noose around his neck and everything. Why show that on TV?'
California-based clinical psychologist Edward Bischof believes the boy might have copied behaviour he found interesting or exciting on TV.
He said: 'I would think maybe this kid is trying something that he thinks fun to act out without having the emotional and psychological maturity to think the thing through before he acts on it.
'Saddam Hussein was (shown) standing there with a noose around his neck probably a dozen times in an hour. This is a real case where TV appears to be a stimulant.'
Mubashar Ali was helped by his ten-year-old sister, who tied a rope to a ceiling fan and his neck.
Their father said the children had been watching the footage of the execution on TV.