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NJ Boy, 11, Dies at Summer Camp a Week After His Birthday

Authorities say nothing appears to be suspicious about the child's death

A young boy from New Jersey who had just celebrated his 11th birthday died while at a summer camp on Tuesday, police said.

Daniel Beer, of Norwood, was attending Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania, when he experienced gastrointestinal symptoms on Sunday night, camp administrators said.

The camp infirmary initially treated Beer, then transferred him to a local hospital Monday morning when his condition worsened, the camp director said.

Beer was pronounced dead at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, officials said. He had just turned 11 on July 4.

Mark Keyes, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police, said there is nothing suspicious about the boy’s death at this point but that every death is treated as a concern, especially that of an 11-year-old boy.

The Jewish sleepaway camp is part of the New Jersey Y Camps organization.

Leonard Robinson, the executive camp director of New Jersey Y Camps, offered his condolences in a statement.

“There are no words to describe the sudden loss of a young life. As we grieve together, please be assured we will be offering our full support to the family who has lost a son and to our camp community who has lost a fellow camper,” Robinson said.

The camp has provided grief counselors for the campers and staff.

A full autopsy report is pending. 


This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Daniel Beer's last name. 

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