SALINE COUNTY - Saline County Sheriff Wally George and county coroner Willie Harlow said Tuesday that preliminary reports of the autopsy on the 18-month-old child, who was found dead in a creek bed, show she may have died from extreme dehydration and heat exposure.
Toxicology reports are still pending and official results may not be released for up to eight weeks.
The sheriff's department is still waiting to talk to Lydia Iliff, the mother of the child. As of Tuesday morning, she is still in hospital and cannot be contacted. The hospital has told George that they will have her contact the department as soon as she is released. George said he will try to contact her again Tuesday to get an update and interview.
The department is waiting to file any reports to the county prosecutor's office until it has spoken to Iliff. George said all prosecuting attorneys are busy with other cases this week and that they may not be able review a report until Monday morning.