Ten more people have been charged in connection with the 2013 hazing death of a New York City college student, a police chief announced Monday.
Baruch College freshman Chun “Michael” Deng, 19, died two years ago from “complications of traumatic brain injury” during a hazing incident, according to court documents. Police said he suffered injuries during a fraternity ritual on a trip to the Poconos in Pennsylvania.
The Monroe County, Pennsylvania, grand jury recommended various charges for a total of 37 people in connection with the death, as well as the Pi Delta Psi fraternity, according to documents.
Five fraternity brothers have already been charged with criminal counts ranging from hindering apprehension to providing false statements to law enforcement, police said last week, bringing the total to 15 people charged so far in the case.
“We are going to be doing the charging in phases … starting with the people that we believe are the least involved and working our way up to the most serious charges involved,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Christopher Wagner told reporters then.
He announced the additional charges Monday, and said that the 10 new people named would be arraigned on Thursday. The charges this week ranged from hindering apprehension to hazing and criminal conspiracy.
According to police, the Pi Delta Psi fraternity was conducting a ritual outdoors for new pledges called the “glass ceiling.”
The objective was for Deng, who was blindfolded and wearing a backpack containing a 30-pound bag of sand, to navigate toward someone who was calling him while other fraternity brothers physically prevented that from happening, said police.
Deng fell backward, struck his head and was unconscious and unresponsive immediately after he fell, according to police.
He was carried inside and placed by a fire because his body was cold and wet from the conditions outside, police said. Deng remained unconscious while members of the fraternity researched his symptoms online and found the closest hospital, according to the affidavit.
“A minimum of at least two hours went by before he actually received any type of medical care,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis said after the incident.
Forensic analysis determined the delay in treatment “significantly contributed to the death of Mr. Deng” and resulted in neurogenic shock, according to police. Three fraternity members drove Deng to a Pennsylvania hospital early in the morning, authorities have said.