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Autopsy: Beaten NC boy, 4, had alcohol in system


ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- An autopsy shows a 4-year-old Buncombe
County boy who was beaten to death earlier this year appears to
have been legally drunk.

The autopsy showed that Trenton Michael Scott died from a cut to
his liver caused by blows to his abdomen and chest.

The autopsy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
also showed evidence the boy had been strangled, had eight broken
ribs, a fractured skull, broken ribs, bite marks and cuts and

The boy also had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. A
reading 0.08 percent is the legal limit to drive in North Carolina.

Twenty-four-year-old William Godfrey Hedden is charged with
first-degree murder in the boy's death. The boy was found dead
April 19 in his home in Candler after his mother called 911.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Special place

There has to be a special place in hell for people that do this to a child. I hope this trash NEVER gets out and he gets back the same treatment from his cell buddy that he gave to this little guy.

Do the same

Get Hedden drunk and then beat him to death.


Maybe they should just beat him to death,I'm sure Hedden enjoys getting drunk.

I object to the overused term legally intoxicated or drunk

A four year old cannot be legally intoxicated.

This was illegal at any level.

And when writing about alchol consumption being legal or illegal to drive when not driving is wrong as well.

There is no illegal level of intoxified, unless it is a minor.