Autopsy Results in on Mother of Emaciated NJ Boy, 4

Boy placed in foster care

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    Autopsy results are inconclusive for a mother who was found dead in a North Jersey apartment where her emaciated 4-year-old son was living off sugar.

    Police say the autopsy for Kiana Workman, 38, was completed on Thursday, but the coroner was not able to determine the cause or the time of her death.

    Toxicology results are not back yet.

    Workman's decomposing body was found Tuesday in her mother's apartment. She had moved there with her child after her mother was sent to a nursing home to recover from surgery. Police went to the apartment after maintenance workers reported a foul odor coming from the chain-locked unit.

    Police forced the front door open and found the child weak but alert and alive. They discovered the body of the child's mother in a back bedroom.

    Police believe she may have been dead for several days. They discovered the child naked and malnourished. He had been eating from a bag of sugar.

    The boy weighed 26 pounds, well below average for his age.

    The child told police he knew there was food in the refrigerator, but he wasn't strong enough to open the door. He was hospitalized for two days and released to a temporary foster family.

    Union Township Police Director Daniel Zieser said foul play is not suspected, and the woman had underlying medical conditions, which he declined to specify.

    Adoption offers have poured in from around the world, according to Zieser, who said the case is now in the hands of state child welfare authorities.

     


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