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Missing Baton Rouge toddler's death was a homicide, coroner says

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 18:00:45-04

A Baton Rouge toddler found dead in Mississippi Sunday was the victim of a homicide, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office said Monday.

The coroner released preliminary results showing that 2-year-old Neveah Allen had been killed, our media partners at The Advocate report, though a full autopsy will take 60-90 days to complete. The cause of death is pending further studies.

Allen's body was found in a remote area of Mississippi Sunday. 30-year-old Phillip Gardner was arrested Saturday night for his involvement in Allen's disappearance. According to an arrest report, Gardner told police he put the 2-year-old down for a nap Friday afternoon, "admitted that he found the juvenile unresponsive and lifeless" and said he "disposed of the remains without notifying authorities."

A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said authorities have not yet implicated anyone in the child's death.

More information from The Advocate here

READ MORE: Body of missing 2-year-old found in Mississippi

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