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Covington boy dead for 48-hours before body was found

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

On Tuesday, the Hamilton County coroner released new details about the death of a Covington infant.

William Cunningham , who was just 1-year-old, was reported missing by his aunt and babysitter, Marquita Burch, on Friday night.

Burch originally told police that the child was missing from a park, which prompted a five hour search.

Police say Burch later changed her story and directed officials to an apartment on Winton Road in Cincinnati where Cunningham's body was discovered in a hallway closet.

According to the coroner, Cunningham had been dead for 48 hours before his body was found.

The autopsy showed the boy died from an intracranial hemorrhage. 

According to Derek Gustafson, Burch's attorney, the boy suffered and accidental injury after falling down a set of stairs. Burch gave the boy ibuprofen before putting him to bed, only to find him dead the following morning.

"Even if that were the truth there were still some things that happened following William's demise that were very inappropriate, very inhumane," said Vanessa Sparks, Cunningham's great aunt.

The coroner says additional tests are required.

Burch, 26, was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Her bond was set at $500,000.

Burch's attorney said she gave Cincinnati Detectives a statement and is cooperating. Northern Kentucky Detectives say Burch misled them in an effort to misdirect the investigation. Burch has previous felony assault and domestic violence convictions in Kentucky.

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