Jeremiah McMillon, 9, of Waukegan, died on February 18 days after an incident at his home in the 3000 block of 8th Street in Waukegan. | Provided Photo

The father of a 9-year-old boy who died after an apparent accidental hanging in Waukegan is warning other parents to be aware of their children’s social media activity, including TikTok.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. on February 13 at the Beechwood at the Preserve Apartments in the 3000 block of 8th Street in Waukegan.

A 911 caller reported a young boy was found hanging in an apartment.

A medical examiner report said the 9-year-old boy was found hanging from his bunk bed by shoelaces.

The boy was cut down and was reported to be not conscious and not breathing at the scene.

Paramedics arrived and transported the child to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The child was transferred from Condell to Children’s Wisconsin Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that same day.

The boy died in the hospital on February 18 and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office was notified and conducted an external examination.

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The medical examiner’s office identified him as Jeremiah McMillon. He resided at the apartment where the incident occurred.

Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain called the incident “tragic.”

A preliminary investigation showed there did not appear to be any signs of foul play, Chastain said.

The medical examiner’s report said the preliminary manner of death was an accident but the incident is still under investigation.

The boy’s father, John McMillon III, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that he created an online fundraiser to help cover funeral expenses after insurance declined to cover the services.

A GoFundMe account raised over $8,500 to pay for the funeral, which was held last weekend.

John McMillon said he is still seeking donations to help purchase a headstone for his son.

Jeremiah McMillon was very energetic, loved basketball and bowling and enjoyed playing the video game Fortnite, his father said.

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The 9-year-old boy, who was in third grade, was outgoing and loved to help others. “He put others before himself,” John McMillon said.

The boy’s father said he has his days when it comes to dealing with the loss of his son.

“I tell everyone I made a promise to my son as he took his last heartbeats. Everything you’ve grown to do I’m going to honor your name,” John McMillon said, adding that he has been an entrepreneur for almost four years and remains on a mission that keeps him strong daily.

John McMillon said he encourages parents to be closer to their children when it comes to monitoring what they do.

A TikTok challenge may have played a role in Jeremiah McMillon’s death, the father said. “Have an open bridge so the children can feel comfortable about communicating.”

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