A little boy described as having a “heart too big for this world” has died after accidentally hanging himself while playing at his home in Stockton, California. Eight-year-old Julianni Plascencia was being cared for by his older brother (14) while their mom was out running an errand.

Julianni’s dad Ronnie said, “He said, ‘I’m going to hang myself,’ but he didn’t say it like he was serious, so my older son told him to quit playing around. He could hear him playing in the other room, but then he realized it had been quiet for a little while.”

They think that Julianni was trying to reenact something he’d seen on TV or the movies without realizing how dangerous it was. The police believe his death to be a tragic accident.

When his big brother became suspicious of Julianni’s silence, he went to his parents' bedroom and found the child unconscious, with one end of a scarf wrapped around his neck and another around a door handle. The teen called 911 and his mother, and an EMT crew was able to get his heart beating again.

Julianni passed hours later in the hospital, cradled by his grieving parents.

The grade schooler loved to play football and was looking forward to watching the 49ers play in the NFC Conference Championship Game. He was described as energetic and caring and loved going to church and always encouraged his family to give to the homeless.

Shfawn Plascencia, Julianni’s mother, tearfully said, “Let him be happy in heaven. Because I know that's where he went. His heart was too big for this world.”

The boy's family has launched a fundraising page on GiveForward.com to collect donations toward his funeral expenses. So far, they have raised just over $1,600 of their $4,000 goal.

Do you ever worry about tragedies like this when your kids play?


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