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Coroner identifies 3-year old found dead in Hancock Co.

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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A three year old child is dead after being left in a vehicle on Friday in Hancock County.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said the matter is still under investigation and details are limited at this time. However, he did confirm that the child was the daughter of a female Long Beach police officer.

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk confirmed on Sunday that the child is three year Cheyenne Hyer. Authorities say she was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the hospital by Dr. Moulden.

According to Long Beach Police Chief Wayne McDowell, two of the department's officers are involved in this incident -- the mother of the child and a male officer.

McDowell said both are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being handled by Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

According to McDowell, he is "looking into an internal matter with his officers" and has spoken with the male officer involved. However, he said he has not been able to speak with the female officer yet because she is in a "medical state."

"As you could expect, she is very distraught," said McDowell. He said he will talk with her sometime next week.

"There is some other information that we are looking into, but it hasn't been verified yet," Adam said.

According to the coroner, the child's body will be sent first thing Monday morning to the state examiner's office in Pearl, MS, where an autopsy will be done. He said he hopes to have the results early next week.

He said the sheriff's office expects to release more details on this ongoing investigation over the weekend. 

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