COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis issued a statement Tuesday afternoon ruling the manner of death as an accident in a weather-related incident that killed a Texas teenager Monday afternoon at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp in Covington.
Davis identified the victim as 14-year-old Elijah Knight, of Cypress, Texas.
The coroner’s office revealed the name of the child Monday night to The Covington News, but later in the evening asked the newspaper to remove the child’s name from a covnews.com article pending further notification of relatives.
Investigator Jeff Alexander of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office told television station WSB a tree fell on a tent offering shelter to two campers.
“A tree did unfortunately fall on one of the campers and the camper is deceased,” Alexander said. “There was severe blunt force trauma to his head and chest.”
The Bert Adams Scout Camp dates to 1928, when it was founded in Vinings. It moved to Newton County in 1960 and is situated on more than 1,300 acres.
The camp offers archery, horseback riding, swimming, riflery, camping, a ropes course and more to Scouts and other guests.
Monday’s calendar included the fourth week of Scout Summer Camp, billed as a time of aquatics, shooting sports, crafts, outdoor skills, cultural studies, nature and ecology.
Covington News Editor and Publisher David Clemons contributed to this report.