3-year-old Colorado boy left overnight by mother died of severe dehydration, autopsy says

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - A 3-year-old boy from Steamboat Springs died of extreme dehydration after he was left alone overnight in a cabin by his mother, according to an autopsy report.

Austin Davis died March 27. The Routt County coroner ruled the death a homicide.

His mother, Meghan McKeon, admitted leaving the child alone in a cabin the previous night. Police believe McKeon went to work and then spent the night at her boyfriend's house. When she returned in the morning, Davis was was unresponsive and later died at a hospital.

The autopsy reported indicated McKeon had a history of leaving him alone without food, water or heat.

The toxicology results support a "classic" dehydration pattern, the report stated.

Davis had no visible external injuries.

"The body is that of a well-developed, well-nourished Caucasian male whose appearance is generally consistent with the reported age of 3." the report stated.

McKeon faces two counts of child abuse resulting in death. If convicted, she could be sentenced to eight to 24 years in prison on each count.

The coroner's office tried to keep the boy's autopsy report from the public for a few extra weeks because the Routt County District Attorney's Office argued it could interfere with McKeon's right to a fair trial.

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