LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County coroner's officials have identified a body found in Sylmar, Calif., as an 18-month-old girl whose mother had said the child was kidnapped.
Police say they have discovered inconsistencies in the account of the mother of Emma Leigh Barker, whose body was found in tall grass a few blocks from Interstate 5.
Officials confirmed the girl's identity Thursday evening. An autopsy is scheduled Friday to determine her cause of death.
Deputies say the girl's 20-year-old mother, whose name has not been released, is not has not been named as a suspect.
The mother said she had been knocked out by someone and woke up to discover the child missing.