Jose Maria Pinto-Rosa, 6, falls ill at school, dies at hospital

Published On: Jan 24 2013 03:43:47 AM HST
RUSKIN, Fla. -

A 6-year-old boy collapsed and died shortly after falling ill at a Tampa-area school, deputies said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said Jose Maria Pinto-Rosa was in the lunchroom at Cypress Creek Elementary School in Ruskin at about 11 a.m. Wednesday when he told an employee he felt sick.

The child was taken to the nurse's office.

Deputies saud the boy collapsed and school officials called 911. The kindergartner was taken to South Bay Hospital, where he died a short time later.

McKinnon said there was no indication the child had any contagious medical condition. He said witnesses saw some symptoms that might explain the boy's sudden death, but he did not release details.

An autopsy is planned. The sheriff's office is conducting a death investigation.


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