Coroner: No injuries to 5-year-old Jayliel Vega of Allentown

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An autopsy was conducted Monday for Jayliel Vega.

An autopsy was performed Monday on the body of a 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy with autism who was found in a canal after wandering away from a New Year's Eve party barefoot and without a coat.

The cause and manner of death is pending the completion of the investigation and forensic testing. However, the coroner says there was no injury to the child.

Jayliel Vega had been missing since about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

The canal where his body was found is about a quarter mile from the relative's home where the party was. Allentown police Chief Keith Morris says it appears to be an accident, not foul play.

Police say the boy was playing with a tablet computer with other children when he reportedly wandered away.

Search dogs tracked the boy's scent to the canal, where the tablet was found early Saturday afternoon.

That prompted police to call in divers who found the boy's body about 8 feet from shore, in 6 feet of water.
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