Coroner: Body of 5-year-old found in canal had no injuries


ALLENTOWN — A Pennsylvania coroner says an autopsy revealed no injury to a 5-year-old boy with autism whose body was found in a canal after he wandered away from a New Year’s Eve party.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Monday he will announce the cause of Jayliel Vega Batista’s death after his investigation is complete. He says the autopsy found “no injury to the child.”

Allentown police have called Jayliel’s death a “tragic accident.”

Police say he was playing with a tablet computer when he wandered away barefoot and without a coat Thursday night. Search dogs tracked his scent to the canal, where the tablet was found early Saturday afternoon. That prompted police to call in divers, who found Jayliel’s body about 8 feet from shore in 6 feet of water.