12-year-old Clay Township boy dies after developing flu-like symptoms
Liz Shepard, Times Herald Published 2:27 p.m. ET Jan. 16, 2018 | Updated 4:15 p.m. ET Jan. 16, 2018

Michael Messenger loved annoying his big sister, playing with his big brother and protecting his little sister.

The 12-year-old Clay Township boy died Thursday morning after having flu-like symptoms.

Michael's mom, Jessica Decent-Doll, said the family is coping as best as they can.

She advised seeking medical treatment as soon as symptoms worsen. "Don't wait, it's all I can say. This flu or whatever is going around this year is unbelievably dangerous," she said.

Decent-Doll said Michael first showed symptoms the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 9, when he vomited during dinner.

With his symptoms persisting, Decent-Doll said her husband took him to urgent care Wednesday evening, where his vitals were found to be normal and he was given anti-nausea medication...