STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - A judge has ordered Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg to release the autopsy report for a 3-year-old boy who police believe died after being neglected.
Austin Davis may have been left alone for nearly 20 hours in a cabin that contained human waste and partially eaten food, police said. He died March 27.
Police believe his mother, Meghan McKeon, went to work and then spent the night at her boyfriend's house.
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 sought to keep the boy's autopsy report from the public for at least two to three more weeks because the Routt County District Attorney's Office argued its release could interfere with McKeon's right to a fair trial.
According to Steamboat Today, the district attorney's office and investigators with the Steamboat Springs Police Department also contended release of the documents could compromise the testimony of witnesses.
In his ruling Wednesday afternoon, District Chief Judge Michael O'Hara said Ryg did not provide any evidence that the release of the autopsy report would cause substantial injury to the public interest.