NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The final autopsy report has been released in the death of 2-year-old Noah Chamberlin.
NewsChannel 5 has obtained a copy of the autopsy, lab and toxicology results. Dr. David Zimmerman, with the Center for Forensic Medicine in Nashville, concluded that the toddler died of hypothermia.
"It is my opinion that the cause of death in this case is environmental hypothermia. The manner of death is accident,” he said in a report.
Noah disappeared on January 14 in a wooded area outside of Pinson, Tennessee. He was walking with his grandmother and 4-year-old-sister on a nature trail behind their home.
Somehow Noah managed to wander off and a massive search ensued.
His body was found about 1.8 miles away one week later. It's impossible to know how long he survived in the wooded area – as temperatures dropped to 12 degrees Fahrenheit overnight.
The search for little Noah made international news, with people praying and wishing for his safe return or rescue.
His disappearance and subsequent death also brought questions of possible foul play.
However, law enforcement emphatically denied that the parents or grandmother were in any way suspected of harming the child.
This was never a criminal investigation, nor have any charges been filed.
The Pathologic Diagnoses from Dr. Zimmerman concluded, “The child suffered from environmental hypothermia.”
He was found outside in cold weather with “waterlogged hands and feet. There were small gastric mucosal hemorrhages [and] pinpoint hemorrhages of the lining of the stomach.”
Noah also had some dermal abrasions, which are superficial grazes or scrapes to the skin on his face, legs and right hand.
The lab report found no evidence of ethanol or drugs of abuse in his system, but he did suffer from dehydration.
The medical examiner found no sign of violent trauma, broken bones or any evidence of poisoning.
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