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Young Child Dies While Playing in Woods in Burke County

An eight-year-old boy in Burke County has died while playing in the woods with his brother.

On March 25, Burke County Deputies were dispatched to an address on Sugar Loaf Road in reference to a cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, Deputies were directed to the location of the incident by a male child who was later identified as the victim’s brother. The incident occurred in the woods connected to the residence’s backyard.

First responders found the child lying near a tree. Unconfirmed published reports indicate that the boy was hit by a falling tree. The victim was transported to U.N.C. Health Blue Ridge in Morganton where he passed away. In a press release issued on March 26, the Sheriff’s Office says that foul play is not suspected.