The 13-year-old Berkeley County, W.Va., boy pulled from the Potomac River by a fisherman Tuesday afternoon has died, the investigating deputy said Thursday.
Dante Edward Burns was pronounced dead at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., at 5:25 a.m. Thursday, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Carl Witmer said in a news release. The youth was listed in extreme critical condition Tuesday night and Wednesday, police had said.
Dante was to begin classes as an eighth-grader at Spring Mills Middle School in Martinsburg, W.Va., Berkeley County Schools officials said Thursday. Classes in Berkeley County began Wednesday.
School officials learned of Dante's death at midmorning Thursday. They decided not to announce the news at school, opting instead to let parents tell their children, guidance counselor Jan Smith said Thursday afternoon.