Six-year-old boy dies at hospital after collapsing at Cypress Creek Elementary

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Jose Maria Pinto-Rosa passed away after collapsing at Cypress Creek Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.



 PDF Document: Cypress Creek Letter

Ruskin, FL-- UPDATE: The six-year-old child who passed away at South Bay Hospital after collapsing at Cypress Creek Elementary has been identified as Jose Maria Pinto-Rosa. 

After further investigation, officials say Jose appeared to be happy and well when he was dropped off at school Wednesday morning. 

"It was only just before he began feeling sick in the cafeteria that he exhibited any signs of illness or distress, explains a release. "Once brought to the clinic, his health rapidly deteriorated and 911 was called."

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is working closely with the child's family, the School Board and the Medical Examiner's Office to figure out just what caused this to happen. 

The Medical Examiner has not released the cause of death at this point, but reports say there are additional medical observations at the time of the incident that may explain Jose's sudden death. 

They do not believe any contagious conditions contributed to the child's sudden passing. 

10 News will continue with updates as they become available. 


A six-year-old boy died at South Bay Hospital after collapsing in the Cypress Creek Elementary School clinic Wednesday morning. 

According to reports, the boy was in the school lunchroom when he complained of feeling sick. A letter sent from the school to students' parents said the child complained of a headache.

Several minutes after a school employee walked the child to the nurses office, he collapsed.

School officials immediately dialed 911, and the child was transported to South Bay Hospital in Sun City, where he passed away a short time after his arrival. 

Homicide detectives have launched a full investigation to include interviews of school staff and the child's family, and a probe into his medical history and home life. 

Officials do say, however, that preliminary information suggests there are no signs of foul play, and the child's death may be a result of medical issues. 

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

Officials have yet to release the name of the child, so as to allow immediate family to notify their relatives.

10 News will continue with updates on this developing story. 

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