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Posted Monday, November 26, 2007
                 
7-year-old boy executed in Haiti after family members fail to sufficiently pay ransom
                                   
By The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Kidnappers executed a 7-year-old boy because his family could not afford to pay US$680 (458) in ransom, police said Monday.

The body of Schneider Hervil was found Friday in the town of Cabaret, north of the Haitian capital, about two weeks after abductors snatched him from his family's home, police spokesman Frantz Lerebours told a news conference.

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At left, Scheneidder Ervil, 7, whose legs were severed, his badly decomposed body was found two weeks after he was kinapped from his parents' home for ransom. Above, the town of Cabaret. (All photos Le Nouvelliste)

The specific cause of his death was not known, Lerebours said. The child's family received a phone call from kidnappers demanding US$680 (458) for his release, but was unable to raise the cash, he said. No arrests have been made.

At least 16 kidnappings were reported in Haiti through Nov. 20 this year, down from the nearly 80 reported for the full month of November 2006, U.N. peacekeepers said. They warned abductions are expected to increase in coming weeks as gangs try to raise money to buy Christmas presents in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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