3-year-old found dead on Morganton porch in frigid weather

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A 3-year-old was found dead Wednesday morning on the front porch of a home in Morganton, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to a residence on Hopewell Road around 8 a.m. after a motorist reported seeing a child on the porch.

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that detectives are “trying to determine how the child got outside, how long the child had been outside, and what the actual cause of death is.”

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, WBTV reported.