FALL RIVER — The death of an elementary school-aged child in Fall River Thursday night is under investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Child and Family Services.

“The Department of Children and Families received a report on this tragic situation and is investigating," DCF spokesperson Andrea Grossman told WBSM News.

According to a report by the Herald News, the boy was 11 years old and in the fifth grade.

Friday morning, Fall River Superintendent of Schools Matthew Malone issued a press release informing the public that a child who attended the Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School had died.

"It is with deep regret that we inform you that one of our Fonseca students tragically passed last evening," the statement read. "At this time, details have not been fully released. We are deeply saddened by this loss."

Fall River Public Schools will be offering grief counseling for students and staff on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fonseca Elementary School, located at 160 Wall Street in Fall River.

"We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and ask you to keep the child’s family, friends, and Fonseca community in your thoughts as we all continue to deal with this very difficult situation," Malone wrote.

The Fall River Police Department declined to comment on the child's death, directing all inquiries to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. A spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office told WBSM News that the DA has no comment at this time.

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