Emporia, KS -- April 3, 2002 -- An autopsy revealed that the body of a dead infant found Monday near Hartford was a white male and the birth didn't occur under medical supervision, authorities said today.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office said the infant boy had brown or blond hair, weighed 7 to 8 pounds and was 16 to 20 inches tall. The gender, race and other information about the infant were unknown before Tuesday's autopsy, Lyon County Sheriff Gary Eichorn said.

Authorities said neglect appeared to be the cause of death, as the autopsy revealed no evidence of trauma linked to the infant's death. The baby hadn't been identified today and no arrests had been made.

The baby was thought to have been only a few days old and likely had been abandoned for at least a day when it was discovered several feet from a rural Lyon County residence, authorities said.

Eichorn said the infant was unidentifiable in part because dogs apparently had dragged the body to the home, located about eight miles north of Hartford.

Lyon County authorities are working with the Coffey County Sheriff's Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The infant was discovered about a mile from the Coffey County line.


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