Child Death at Pike County Camp under Investigation

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DINGMAN TOWNSHIP -- State police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy at a camp in Pike County.

Troopers say the 11-year-old boy from New Jersey was staying at the NJY Camp -- a Jewish summer camp just off Route 6 near Milford -- when he became sick Monday and later died at a hospital.

Campers were going about their day when Newswatch 16 stopped by, playing ball and enjoying the water.

State police say they are waiting for tests and medical records to find out why the boy died.

Three other boys from the same cabin began showing signs of being sick. They were taken to the hospital, checked by doctors, and released.

A spokesperson for the state Department of Health says the agency is investigating, but at this point, nothing suggests anyone else is in danger of getting sick.

Investigators also say carbon monoxide poisoning has been ruled out but the death is still a mystery.

"I figured it was a fall or drowning, that kind of stuff," said Janice McLean of Milford.

"I feel it needs a thorough investigation with no expenses spared. It's children's lives involved. I hope whatever did kill the one child they can find out through an autopsy at the hospital," said Marie Stieh of Milford.

The NJY Camp would not speak to Newswatch 16.


  • the wilds

    These city slickers gotta realize these woods and mountains ain’t nothin’ to mess with. This ain’t no synagogue dotted Interstate 295, this is the real sh*t! Backwoods boys, coal mining inbreeds and meth labs. Don’t ever tread into Pa. without knowing the risks.

    • i_C_gross_people

      and this is what something to boast about? what is wrong with you exactly?!
      there are great things about both city and country. i went away to summer camp for a month and it was an amazing experience. would i have sent my kid 20 yrs later? no way..things are not run the way they used to be. people don’t care or watch like they used to. but one thing i have learned about living in both rural and urban environments there are good and bad in both, and about both.

      • the wilds

        I’m only stating facts that may someday saves someone’s life. So what’s the best thing to do, not mention the elephant in the room??? Ok, now on I won’t say anything, I’ll just sit back, watch, and accept like everyboby else is doing.

    • Charles Raifman

      Putting aside the complete insensitivity of your comment (an 11 year old suddenly died) and putting aside the anti semitic rhetoric (“ain’t no synagogue dotted Interstate 295”) and obvious self hatred, your comments are nonsensical and without basis. City slickers? Do you know where this family lives? They live in a town in Northern NJ with a population density of 2,094 people per square mile. Milford, PA has a population density of 2,077 people per square mile.

      If you have nothing nice to say, especially if the mean things you have to say are without merit, without knowledge of the circumstances and without any benefit (and please explain how what you said can save lives – pretty sure this boy didn’t die from “backwoods boys”, inbreeding or meth), maybe just go be a miserable bastard on your own.

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