Pi Delta Psi members left Baruch College freshman Chun Michael Deng dying for longer than an hour inside a Pennsylvania home while they dressed him in dry clothes and Googled his symptoms, according to a police affidavit.
Court documents say the frat brothers lied to police in an attempt to cover up Deng’s death from a hazing ritual in which the pledge was blindfolded and tackled repeatedly while carrying a backpack filled with 20 pounds of sand. Cops said the ritual was referred to as “the Glass Ceiling.”
Despite being knocked unconscious between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the 19-year-old from Queens wasn’t taken to the hospital until 6:42 a.m., according to the affidavit requesting a search warrant.
“Deng was reported to be unconscious and unresponsive immediately after he fell,” a detective with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department wrote in the affidavit. “Deng was then carried inside and placed by a fire and continued to be unresponsive. ... Deng’s clothes were changed while other males at the residence Googled Deng’s symptoms and found the closest hospital.”
Deng died of a massive head injury on Monday after being put on life support at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
“Deng’s condition did not change and medical tests confirmed that he was brain dead,” the affidavit said.
Thirty frat bothers at the scene reportedly decided to get rid of all frat-related items and memorabilia, after Deng’s injury.
They originally told police that Deng sustained head trauma while wrestling in the snow.
Denge had been invited along with four other pledges to the rural Tunkhannock Township home. Baruch College in Manhattan says the event was unsanctioned.
“Michael’s death is a deeply painful reminder that no individual should ever be put into a position where his or her personal safety is in jeopardy,” the college said in a statement.
The Pennsylvania District Attorney says criminal charges are pending. Exactly what charges and who will be charged won’t be determined until investigators finish the probe into the tragic death, said Monroe County District Attorney David Christine.