BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – North Carolina authorities are trying to determine what happened after a toddler was found dead outside a home early Wednesday morning in Burke County.
Police said they were called to the home around 7:45 a.m. and found a 3-year-old boy dead on the porch.
Authorities said that someone driving by the house spotted the child and called 911.
Investigators think the boy, who had turned three the day before, wandered outside sometime during the night and died after being exposed to the freezing conditions for too long.
When the first deputy arrived, the temperature was in the mid-20s, but the strong winds made it feel much colder.
Wind-chill values in the High Country were below zero overnight.
Investigators said the inside door was open when they arrived to the home, but the storm door most likely closed after the child got out.
Deputies said the mother and her boyfriend were asleep at the time and unaware of what happened.
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