Boy dies after naptime at New Jersey preschool, grief counselors on hand

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- Officials are trying to determine how a 4-year old boy died after naptime at a New Jersey preschool.

It happened Thursday afternoon at the Cordero School, PS 37 in Jersey City.

The boy was found unresponsive after taking a nap. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Grief counselors were on hand at the preschool Friday.

It's still not clear what caused his death.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office is investigating.

Sudhan Thomas, President of the Board of Education, spoke on behalf of the board:

"We were devastated to hear earlier this afternoon that school staff found an unresponsive Pre-K4 child after the afternoon nap who was rushed to the hospital by Jersey City EMS only to be declared dead on arrival. At this time our immediate focus is on the child's parents and the larger PS#37 family to ensure they get the support and attention this tragedy demands. The Board is united, in this moment of terrible tragedy, with the PS#37 family. We request prayers and privacy at this sad moment."

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