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North Carolina: Autopsy for tot found dead on porch of home

Authorities say an autopsy is planned on the body of a 3-year-old boy found on the porch of a North Carolina house a day after his birthday.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that a motorist called 911 on Wednesday saying a child appeared to be lying on the front porch of a Morganton home, about 75 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Deputies who found the boy's body said the front door of the house was open when they arrived. Sheriff Steve Whisenant said the boy's mother and her boyfriend were asleep in the house when officers arrived.

Temperatures were in the mid-20s early Wednesday.

The boy's name has not been released. No charges have been filed.

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