Defense allowed to examine Jeremiah Oliver’s body

(AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Tom Rettig)
(AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Tom Rettig)

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — The funeral of a 5-year-old boy from Massachusetts who was found dead last week after being missing for months is being delayed, so pathologists for the defense can examine the body.

A judge Wednesday gave the defense until Monday to complete an examination of the body of Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg.

Jeremiah, whose family was being monitored by state child welfare officials, had not been seen since September but was not reported missing until December. His body was found near Interstate 190 in Sterling last Friday. His mother and her boyfriend are facing charges in connection with his disappearance, but not his death.

The body is in the custody of the state medical examiner pending an autopsy.

Jeremiah’s father says he’s not happy with the judge’s decision, but has no choice but to comply.

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