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Tests show infant died of injured head, chest

Funeral services were scheduled to be held this week for a fourmonth old baby boy whose body was found over an embankment near Kona Friday morning.

An early autopsy report lists blunt force head trauma and an internal chest injury as the causes of Blayze Alexander Smith.

The infant’s body was discovered at 6: 40 a. m. June 6 over an embankment behind a home at Turner Drive, located between Kona and Seco. A Kentucky State Police trooper was dispatched to the residence at 5:16 a.m. after a caller reported the infant missing.

Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker pronounced the baby boy dead at 7 a.m.

The body was then sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

As the result of the initial investigation, a juvenile who has not been named has been charged with one count of murder. The juvenile, who sources say is a 16-year old boy related to the victim, was being held in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

An investigation by KSP Detective Randy Combs is continuing.

The son of Austin Smith and Brittany Taylor, Blayze is survived by his maternal grandparents, Dwanna Taylor, Albert Bishop and Stevie Taylor; paternal grandparents, David and Regina Smith; maternal great- grandmother, Eunice Banks; paternal greatgrandparents, Vince Surber and Kathy Walker; three aunts, Rebecca Bishop, Brooklyn Bishop and Tiffany Smith; uncle, Gavyn Bishop; and three great uncles, Anthony Surber, Tim Smith and Gary Taylor.

Funeral services will begin at noon Wednesday at the Seco Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was to follow in the Maggard Cemetery at Partridge.

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