Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Answer Yet in Death of Baby Left in Mother's Van

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Answer Yet in Death of Baby Left in Mother's Van

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Authorities have not yet determined the cause of death of a 1-year-old boy found dead in his mother's van late Monday afternoon.

The child was apparently discovered when the mother arrived at the boy's day care to pick him up, only to find that she had never dropped him off there that morning. The boy had been in the vehicle since the morning.

That's the account pieced together from day care officials and police in the death of the boy, identified Tuesday night as Tate Mitchell.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon. But Dr. Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner, said Wednesday that her office hadn't determined whether the baby's death was heat-related.

"We have to do some further investigation before we can say whether it is heat," Case said in an email.

The official high temperature for St. …

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