BREAKING: 12-year-old boy who’d been sick dies near West Palm


A 12-year-old boy who had been sick died Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities were called at about 12:30 p.m. to a home near the intersection of Southern Boulevard and South Military Trail.

The boy was dead at the home, sheriff’s authorities said.

No foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be done to determine the boy’s cause of death.

Tim O’Connor, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, said Tuesday afternoon that no information has been passed on to the office about the death. “It’s too early,” he said.

Any suspect death from an illness would have to be confirmed through the Medical Examiner’s Officer, O’Connor said

A woman at the scene requested privacy as a group of people who had gathered outside the home consoled each other. A neighbor called the boy’s death a “bad day for the neighborhood” and described the community as close-knit. He declined to answer questions.

Crime scene tape blocked the duplex as sheriff’s investigators and the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office investigated Tuesday afternoon. They left the scene at about 4 p.m.

Staff Writer John Pacenti contributed to this report.



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