Police: Body of apparently burned child found

HOUSTON (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a child whose burned body was found in a shallow ditch near a busy Houston toll road.

Houston police investigator Leslie Martinez says a passer-by discovered the body Tuesday morning along a roadway between two large buildings near the Hardy Toll Road.

Martinez said the body was about 3 feet tall. Police believe it was burned elsewhere and dumped in the ditch because there was no burned grass or other signs of fire in the area around the ditch.

Officials say they couldn't immediately determine the child's age or gender. Arson investigators were at the scene.