Autopsy Shows No Physical Abuse To Girl’s Body Found In Home

ST. JOHNS (AP) – Police said Monday that autopsy results show no signs of trauma or physical abuse to a 10-year-old Michigan girl found dead in her home last week when authorities were investigating why she hadn’t been to school.

St. Johns police said they were waiting on other autopsy findings, including an exact cause of death and toxicology reports, in the death of Vienna Parker.

The girl was found dead Thursday at her home in St. Johns, about 20 miles north of Lansing. The girl’s mother was home when child welfare workers arrived to investigate why the girl hadn’t been at school this academic year. The mother was hospitalized with possibly self-inflicted cuts and a stab wound.

The mother hasn’t been charged in the case, police said.

Police say the mother was last seen Sept. 7 during a welfare check after Vienna missed the first two days of school at Gateway North Elementary. Her mother told authorities the girl was ill, suffering from diabetes.

The short, three-sentence statement released Monday by police did not mention time of death.

School officials say Vienna transferred to the St. Johns school district in April.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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