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

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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
bruises.

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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