Coroner: US toddler was alive when put in oven

A coroner says a toddler in Mississippi who was found in an oven was alive when he was put inside it and died because of the heat.

Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said police found Tristan Robinson’s body inside the electric oven at his mother’s apartment Wednesday.

Preliminary autopsy results released Friday show the child died from “thermal injuries” from being in the hot oven.

Johnson said the pathologist is still trying to determine if the child was conscious when it was put there. There appeared to be some trauma to the boy’s head.

Greenville police have charged the boy’s 24-year-old mother, Terrie A. Robinson, with murder. She is being held on a US$5 million) bond.

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