- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

ELMWOOD, La. (AP) - DNA tests have positively identified the body that was found under the Huey P. Long bridge as 2-year-old Timothy Thompson IV, the toddler missing from St. Tammany Parish.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/2ax9v42) the DNA test results returned over the weekend confirmed the circumstantial identification made by the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office shortly after the toddler’s body was discovered July 6. Police still don’t know how the child died.

The boy’s paternal grandmother, Laverne Thompson, had reported him missing on July 5. After the body was discovered, the boy’s parents, 21-year-old Gabrielle Whittington and 21-year-old Onterio Thompson, were arrested on charges of unlawful disposal of human remains and obstruction of justice.

Whittington has been released from jail on bond. Thompson remains in jail. It’s unclear if either has an attorney.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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